1. If it isn't already, ironic mourning should surely be considered a sin.
2. You can fault 20th century misanthropes and pessimists for a number of things—lack of faith, lack of ambition, crankiness, or meanness—but one thing you can't fault them for is being accurate in their predictions.
3. The sadness felt at the death of an artist consists primarily of an emotionally overwhelming sense of admiration and gratitude.
[2012 has been a dangerous year for artists I admire: first Leonhardt, then Kelley, now Spinetta. I can only beg all my admired artists still living (Straub, Handke, Pinhas, Hayward, etc.): please be careful!]