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August 02, 2007

The Lunar Society of Los Angeles

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Jeremy Blake's body has been identified. Kate Coe's piece on the life and death of Theresa Duncan appears in LA Weekly. Quoting Duncan:

“Because competition contains so many shades of human behavior, including altruism, love and kindness, it makes the question ‘Are we winning?’ central to any entertainment.”

There is more than a touch of the Great Gatsby about the tale; I have always been a fan of the Great Gatsby. One thing I know for a fact: Having publicly, strenuously disagreed with Theresa I found her gracious not only in the course of the disagreement but once we realized we were never going to agree. In fact, I was most surprised by my own reaction to the encounter. I have, it has been observed, a Mercurial nature.* Theresa managed to side-step it by sheer charisma.

I expect once I am in the ground it will be easy for people to characterize me as having had a with-me-or-against-me temperament; I cannot say I found this to be true of Duncan whatever her disagreements with others. Heaven knows I have irritated enough people who will be glad to take a shot once they think they are clear of me.** Particularly if a summary of my life were to rely on the wrong former business partner and the wrong ex-girlfriend.

Kate Coe introduces her article by explaining she knew Theresa Duncan. Yes, at parties. But we can say what we like once people are gone and I expect Coe is best placed to tell this side of the story. Such are the second acts of American lives.

* And I appreciate those of you who choose to put up with it.
** They are wise to wait. Otherwise I suggest approaching from beyond my line of sight and by stealth.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 2, 2007 07:47 AM