August 12, 2014
...a fellow of infinite jest,
of most excellent fancy.
He hath borne me on his back a thousand times...
Where be your gibes now?
Your gambols? Your songs?
Your flashes of merriment
that were wont to set the table on a roar?
Robin Williams was such a brilliant comic that it's easy to forget what a magnificent actor he was, too.
For a short time he streaked across the sky like a comet, leaving a trail of wonder behind him.
Whatever ever else he was, he was never ordinary.
Posted by Cassandra at August 12, 2014 07:02 AM
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This one strikes the Dark Side especially hard. I was in love with his comedy from the opening lines of his first album (yes, vinyl album) "Reality What A Concept" and have never lost that loving feeling.
A special kind of genius lost.
A special kind of man who never found his way out of the dark room where his demons lived.
You are already missed.
Posted by: DL Sly at August 12, 2014 12:44 PM
Amen, my friend.
I'd like to think that comedy offered a window out of that dark room. One of the most affecting thing about his humor was the infectious joy and delight on his face when he was performing.
I do know his wit and energy brought joy to others, which may be the very definition of grace.
Posted by: Cassandra at August 12, 2014 01:31 PM
It did indeed offer that escape, however, at a severe price because he was an extremely shy person in reality. He could be, realistically, compared to ee cummings or Edgar Allan Poe for his particular genre. He needed the coke in order to get past his shyness and inhibitions. The sheer joy was real because he "couldn't fucking believe they were laughing." (I wish I could attribute the quote, but I can't, I just remember him saying it during an interview early in his career.)
Quite frankly, for this Dark Lord....
My apologies for stepping out of bounds of the general decorum you prefer to keep around here.
Posted by: DL Sly at August 12, 2014 10:49 PM
One of my favorite Robin Williams quotes of all time is "You're only given a little spark of madness, and you mustn't waste it."
He's been around for as long as I can remember, and brought so much humor and laughter to the world. I can't believe he's gone.
Posted by: colagirl at August 13, 2014 12:08 AM
One of the great performers in public, and even better as a person in private, by all reports. There were days when some of his works didn't appeal to me, and days when those were some of the funniest things I'd ever heard. His high-speed wit, his ascorbic tongue, his perfectly aimed barbs ... our society has lost a great mirror.
Posted by: htom at August 13, 2014 12:34 AM