BURNING dAN in GQ
First of all, I’d like to thank both of the Jims and everyone else at GQ for putting me on the cover of their magazine this month. That kind of exposure is a huge help to all the work I love to do, and I’m deeply appreciative.
I’m writing this because I have a problem with what their article says about my brother. I’ll be honest, it really made me feel terrible. Here’s a quote:
‘…the elder Gordon-Levitt died of an alleged drug overdose in 2010. “It was an accident” is all Joe will say about that.’
Using the word “alleged” technically allows the writer to say whatever she wants. The “allegations” to which she must be referring were made by a handful of gossip websites. They are factually incorrect according to the coroner’s office and the police department. I don’t like publicly speaking about my brother’s death, but I’m making an exception to correct this irresponsible claim.
By the way, while I asked the writer not to dwell on how he died, I did say quite a bit about how he lived, and how much he means to me. Dan was a brightly positive, genuinely caring, and brilliantly inspiring person, and I liked the idea of such a wide readership learning about him. My parents and I are disappointed with what the article chose to focus on regarding this sensitive subject.
Old school Sunday! “Bombi” 2005ish
|—||Kamila Shamsie, Kartography (via aaylaview)|
Every few years one comes to this sea-edge
city, sprouting beyond comprehension,
as reluctantly as a northerner.
Thick waters like fear fringe the coastline
where a dredge spews out rock and sand in a
shivering tongue of grey.
Past the slipping strip of land, the lighthouse
when this was a fishing village, past the
boats heavy with haul and a broad-bottomed
vessel transporting spices, one pilots
beyond these shallows to what beckons, blue
with depth, the more driven.
- M. Athar Tahir, Body Loom
Jim Morrison died 41 years ago today… This photo, 1968.
The Rolling Stones — Jumpin’ Jack Flash - from the 1968 ‘Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus’ with introduction by John Lennon in sign language.