Monday, March 8, 2010

those who died when we weren't on watch


Someone used to say that if you got past 27 then you were past the suicide rock star age. and then there is the six years until Jesus H. Christ died at 33. Once you are past those days then all is blue skies and tweeting birds. But with the improvement in telecommunication abilities the world is a more accessible place. A more accessible world means that we don't get so bored so quickly. If we do not get so bored so quickly then the age of suicides will get older. All those who died at 27 were dead in the 1960s. I sort of feel like some time between 35 and 45 will be the age of suicides for those of these generations.

That is how I felt when I read that the Sparklehorse guy had killed himself and that their website still had a Vic Chesnutt memorial on it. When did Vic Chesnutt kill himself!!!??? He killed himself on Christmas Day with an overdose of muscle relaxants. Assuming he killed himself. All is hints and winces. 'Danny Carlisle'......... ughh....

Sarah, my girlfriend, and I had just been talking about the press and the reporting fo suicides in New Zealand and about those little pockets of suicides that happen in small, boring towns and which, in the 1990s conspired to make NZ the youth suicide capital of the world. I read about that sort of thing happening in Australia and Wales last year. How sad.....