Monday, January 11, 2016

David Bowie, 1947-2016

I don't know his music much at all. I'm listening to his "Space Oddity" album right now. I have two enduring pop culture memories of him: that unique version of "The Little Drummer Boy" with Bing Crosby, and that sweet cameo in the film, "Zoolander."

What's really interesting to me is how regular he seemed in interviews. I wonder if he reconsidered his agnosticism in these recent months. He seems too nice, too good, to be an atheist. That's a loaded thing to say, but I stand by it. Human beings arrive in this world broken, in a sense incomplete. Even the noblest atheist, no matter how high-minded and practiced his presentation, will show his barbarity sooner or later. If there were no pious hypocrites, these noted atheist evangelists would have nothing to do.

Anyway, we mourn with David's friends and family today. "Check ignition, and may God's love be with you."

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