In Memory of My Friend, My Boss, My Mentor: Jennifer Gilnett

The last 13 days have been a harrowing experience of heartbreak and loss for me and many who are close to me. I haven't said anything about it here at Looking Closer, but I think the time has come. … [Read more...]

Who Among Us Is Thirsty? — A Reflection on the Loss of Robin Williams

I am sick at heart over the loss of one of my favorite imaginations.  … [Read more...]

Philip Seymour Hoffman: The Actor, The Philosopher, The Master, The Wrestler

I feel like I've been hit by a truck this morning, trying to absorb the reports that drug addiction has apparently taken the magnificent actor Philip Seymour Hoffman from us. … [Read more...]

Wings of Desire’s Cassiel Takes Flight: Otto Sander Dies at 72

The German actor Otto Sander died today. But he will live on in the movies he made, like the legendary submarine thriller Das Boot, and my all-time favorite film, Wim Wenders' poetic and glorious Wings of Desire.  … [Read more...]

“It Can Entrance You For a Moment…”

The Internet is filling up with tears and tributes to the great poet Seamus Heaney, who died yesterday. Here's a short and sweet one, well worth reading, by novelist Colum McCann.Many thanks to Linford Detweiler for passing along these words... the wisdom of Seamus Heaney, from an interview in The Paris Review: … [Read more...]

Thank You, Roger Ebert. Now, Rest in Peace. [Updated April 6th.]

"A movie is not about what it is about. It is about how it is about it."- Roger Ebert, 1942-2013 … [Read more...]

Five Years Ago Today, She Passed From Chronos to Kairos…

First: Today's vocabulary word... Kairos.Kairos is “That time which breaks through chronos with a shock of joy, that time we do not recognize while we are experiencing it, but only afterwards, because kairos has nothing to do with chronological time.  In kairos we are completely unselfconscious, and yet paradoxically far more real than we can ever be when we’re constantly checking our watches for chronological time.The artist at work is in kairos.  The child at play, totally thrown outsi … [Read more...]

Beloved Fantasy Author Anne McCaffrey has Died.

The beloved and influential fantasy author Anne McCaffrey died yesterday after suffering a stroke. She was 85. … [Read more...]

Goodbye and Thank You, Mr. Postlethwaite.

This morning, we say farewell to one of my all-time favorite actors. … [Read more...]

A Great Loss: Michael Been of The Call, One of the Great Rock Singers, Has Died

A site called Buddyhead is reporting that Michael Been has died. … [Read more...]