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Horrible Deaths

Nov 12, 2008

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Music, Footnotes & Ephemera

That song in the background is Nina Simone doing “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To,” the Cole Porter Song, at the 1960 Newport Jazz Festival. It’s on the “Nina Simone at Newport” record. It’s fantastic.

Also fantastic? The New York Times online archives from 1849. I can nerd out on that biz for hours.

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11 Comments on Horrible Deaths

  1. jeff says:

    horrible deaths have never been so much fun!

  2. arianne says:

    I want more! More stories on Memory palace! More interesting stories to distract me from work!

  3. Nina says:

    Interesting. I think a great grand-uncle got crushed under something on the docks in NY city. Story is told exactly like that- no fanfare. Just that’s what happened. People work hard, sometimes they get smushed, and so it goes.

    Look forward to more uplifting tales.

  4. Heather says:

    Wow! I LOVE this one! I just wish there were pictures of all the nastiness!!!!

  5. Ron says:

    What version of “You Would Be So Nice To Come Home To” is playing at the end of this? (If that is the song). I keep humming it.

  6. admin says:

    You can find the answer to this and most of your memory palace musical questions at the “music, footnotes, ephemera” link on the homepage. Thanks for listening!


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  9. jill says:

    couldn’t stop listening, was so relieved when it was done. lots of gasping from my cubicle this morning…(looking forward to more “less-deathy” episodes)

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  11. Yasmeen says:

    I enjoyed listening to the eloquence in the combination of your word choice and pleasantly smooth voice. Not only are you a wonderful story teller but the lovely music was brilliantly matched to the eerieness of the entire piece. Thank you for your time in creating such beatuiful art for my ears!