UPDATE 12/13/07: VANITY FAIR (January 2008)
The Golden Suicides
By Nancy Jo Sales
Update 9/11/07: THE INDEPENDENT
The beautiful and damned: The shocking suicide of the art world's most glamorous couple
Artists Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan had it all – looks, talent and a lifestyle to match. Then, in July, Duncan took an overdose and died. A week later, Blake drowned himself at sea. Were dark forces really conspiring against them? Or was it a tragic case of charmed lives gone awry?
By Charles Darwent. Published: 09 September 2007
Today's Newsweek article's claim that Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake were driven crazy by technology and killed themselves because they were "mesmerized" by the Internet is so mindboggglingly stupid it's (almost) beyond commentary: I only see three possible explanations for its author's moronic angle:
1) the author is competing with the New York Mag piece, and wants his story to be optioned as a post-cyberpunk post-911 paranoia-era genre flick (to be directed by Tony Scott);
2) the author is desperate to leave Newsweek so he can finally go write for Gawker.com (but he lacks the essential combo of a filthy mouth, a modicum of intelligence and irony, so he may as well get used to writing for Newsweek until he dies of old age -- or commits suicide);
3) the author is actually an agent for the Church of Scientology and is a victim of mind control by crazy idiots from another planet.
Read the backlog of articles on the troubled duo's double suicide, if you have the stomach for it, here.
A NEWSgrist reader comments:
oh god, this one [newsweek article] is the worst yet. Blaming the tubes!! And casting theresa as the villain and a loser to boot. somebody should slap the writer around. This is truly disgusting. Each one of these articles feeds on the other. I would blame THE MEDIA. This one is yet another pitch for Sid and Nancy meets The Player. The "Truly Madly Deeply" pitch. I can only guess whats coming...