George Michael: An Appreciation

About a year ago, I decided to write an essay on the late George Michael’s life and work.  I thought I already knew quite a bit, and expected the research and writing to last about two months. It’s a good thing there was no publishing contract with a deadline.  I live in the United States, and didn’t realize how much of GM’s work was released without being promoted here.  To produce a well-informed essay, I needed a year to complete it. I bought CDs I didn’t previously know existed, and looked a lot more closely than expected at music videos … Continue reading George Michael: An Appreciation

White Light and a Parkinson Interview

Update: After this blog piece was posted, George Michael’s cause of death was identified as natural causes. The Joan Rivers video which was originally posted on this page is no longer available.  However, a separate video of the same interview has replaced it. Since George Michael’s passing on Christmas Day, there has been a combination of public appreciation of his work and morbid speculation over his cause of death.  The topic of suicide has been discussed repeatedly, but at this time no postmortem report has been made public. Although suicide isn’t unusual in the general population, I suspect creative people … Continue reading White Light and a Parkinson Interview