Hope I die before I get old… then I can sleep when I’m dead…

   The date September 7 has an ironic link to two famous rock music quotes associated with the deaths of two of rock’s most legendary bad boys. On September 7, 1978, Keith Moon — the great, drum-kit-destroying drummer for the British band the Who — died of a drug overdose at age 31. One of … Read more

Reports of Mark Twain’s quip about his death are greatly misquoted…

In May 1897, the great American humorist, novelist and social critic Samuel Clemens — best known by his pen name, Mark Twain — was in London. It was one of the stops on a round-the-world speaking tour he’d embarked on in 1895. He hoped to use the fees from speaking engagements to pay off the … Read more

“Dying / Is an art, like everything else.”

“Lady Lazarus” is one of the best-known poems by the American poet and novelist Sylvia Plath. It includes the oft-quoted lines:        “Dying         Is an art, like everything else.         I do it exceptionally well.         I do it so it feels like hell.         I do it so it feels real.         I guess … Read more

“Nothing is certain except death and taxes.”

One of the most famous quotations by Benjamin Franklin is: “Nothing is certain except death and taxes.” (Commonly heard as “Nothing is certain but death and taxes.”) The source of this oft-cited quip is a letter Franklin wrote to French scientist Jean-Baptiste Leroy on November 13, 1789. But there are some interesting things about the … Read more