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V.23 No.32 |

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Comedy Matters

Robin Williams and the death of our captain

I named this column Comedy Matters because I truly believe it does. It matters to the junkies and alcoholics who frequent open mics to work through their demons on stage. It matters to the headliners and road comics who travel from club to club each night for a living. It matters to writers and Hollywood execs who make millions off the laughter that rumbles in darkened theaters. It matters to cancer patients, widows and kids. Comedy strikes us over the head or starts slowly in our belly and bellows out of us warming our innards with a rush of happiness. So when a comic dies, we hurt. And today, we’re hurting because the world lost a great one.

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V.22 No.45 | 11/7/2013

Music

Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights

Since last week's Rooster Roundabout, we lost one of rock 'n' roll's truest gods … Mr. Lou Reed. I can't speak for others, but he had a profound effect on how I listen to music, and he showed the immense beauty that exists when poetry and rock meld together seamlessly. It's a practice few can master. And no one did it like Reed. You can read the obituary his wife, Laurie Anderson, wrote here. This one's for you, Lou.

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V.20 No.52 |

News Year

The Daily Word in New Years resolutions

In the news: the future, God is a woman, MILLIONAIRE, giant, deserted London, cone snail, Whale sperm, rewards, Crime Q&A, Kay Stevens, died, Rio Grande Sun police Blotter 2011, not to leave the house, Bernhard Goetz, he shot a couple

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V.20 No.3 | 1/20/2011

Music

R.I.P. Monkee Man

Don Kirshner, the man behind prefab pop-rock group The Monkees has died at 76. Read about Kirshner here.

Watch a Monkees video after the jump.

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V.20 No.1 | 1/6/2011
Charles Reuben
Charles Reuben

In Memoriam

Empire My Prince

Carl Baum, trestle-maker

I was shocked and awed when UNM offered me the job of assistant to Dr. Carl E. Baum. What could I possibly offer the most famous electromagnetic theoretician in the world? I was just a local poet and burned-out newspaper man who couldn’t even grasp the fundamentals of elementary calculus.

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V.19 No.27 | 7/8/2010
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Celebrity B.S.

Harvey Pekar, Creator of the American Splendor Comics, Has Died.

Harvey Pekar has died at age 70 of unknown causes. Pekar beautifully chronicled his mundane life in American Splendor comics. My favorite was the one where he and his buddies found a dead dolphin and strapped it to the top of their car. An award-winning movie of American Splendor was made in 2003. Pekar was one of David Letterman’s most successful hecklers. Rest in peace, scary little comic book man.

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V.19 No.20 | 5/20/2010
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Ronnie James Dio Dies

Life’s a carousel, you rode it well

Ronnie James Dio was struck down yesterday by the same thing that took out H. P. Lovecraft: stomach cancer. Dio didn’t invent the horns but you should rock out and give the sign today anyway. Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll!

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V.19 No.13 | 4/1/2010

News

Jaime Escalante Died

The math teacher who inspired Stand and Deliver died today at age 79. Edward James Olmos says Escalante exposed the dangerous myth that inner city students can’t excel. "Because of him, that destructive idea has been shattered forever."

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V.19 No.12 |

Poetry

Ai, Poet Extraordinaire, Dies

The poet Ai, whose work was astoundingly varied and consistently forceful, passed away last week from pneumonia. She was 62.

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V.19 No.2 | 1/14/2010
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Jay Reatard Died

The garage-punk songwriter from Memphis died in his sleep last night at 29. Rest in peace, scary little Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr.

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V.18 No.33 | 8/13/2009

John Hughes, 59, Dies

The screenwriter, director and auteur of the ’80s teen-romp genreNational Lampoon’s Vacation, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Weird Science and Ferris Bueller's Day Off, for starters (which launched the showbiz careers of a slew of actors like Matthew Broderick) has died. Spend some time with his IMDB credits. Rest in peace, Mr. Hughes.

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