C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Sonic Youth - Though I had read quite a few things about Sonic Youth while in high school, I never heard a full album by them until I was in college. The year was 1986...
Monday, April 8, 2013
Death With Dignity? Not For This Guy!
As the grisly reaper nears, the last thing I want to do is to behave with courage and decorum. I plan on shrieking like a little girl, clinging to the hospital orderlies, and dismaying everyone with the ugly spectacle. The terror of death will probably make me convert to some bizarre cult, and I'll disavow everything I ever believed. Maybe guilt my friends and family into indulging me while I accuse them of never having loved me, and... let's just say stealing my clothes. Something like that, anyway. It'll be extemporaneous like freeform jazz. Only instead of music, they'll hear hateful, self-pitying nonsense.
They won't put up with much of it, let me tell you. Who would?
Anyway, as you reach the last hours of your life it's important to meet them on your own terms. And in my case, those terms include unbelievable cowardice. We all want to leave behind an example to others. It's our way of aspiring to immortality. My example will be a picture of a guy who was so completely without self-respect that he became an angry, obnoxious burden to all who cared for him. That picture is going to last, believe me. It will be unforgettable.
Our time here is short. I want to live every moment like I mean it. And for some of those moments, I'm going to be very, very unpleasant to be around. It's all any of us can do.