September #74 : The Art Of Dying - by Walter Armstrong

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Table of Contents

The Art Of Dying

Words to Die By

Death in Hand

The Way We Die Now

D.I.Y. Death

Hear No Evil


Human Wrongs

Canada Dried

Just Generic

The Plot Sickens

Altitude Adjustment

Sentimental Education

The Luck of The Draw

Walker, Within This Circle Pause

Gays & AIDS

Movin' On, I

Movin' On, II

Prez Says

Kiss From Sis

No Bones About It

Deaditors, We Salute You!

A Tomb With a View

Monster Mash

Living Will Is The Best Revenge

New Drug Watch: A Couple of Swells

Organ Downer

Role Reversal

Snapshots: Larry Montero


Editor's Letter

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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September 2001

The Art Of Dying

by Walter Armstrong

In 1989, with only months to live, Keith Haring painted this beauty, gave it the beguiling title "Unfinished Painting" and presented it to a friend as a wedding gift. The canvas' left half weeps as it contemplates a radiant eternity, and you could look at that blue forever; the right half is blank, and you make of this empty mirror what you will. Haring has bequeathed us a typically subversive exercise in facing -- even embracing -- death.

Our three features this month offer a more hands-on approach. In "Words to Die By," eight creative types tell how they stopped worrying and learned to love their mortality. "Death in Hand" reports on the return of the "Is self-deliverance self-empowerment?" debate with the demise of the protease miracle (of course, Nurse Know-It-All weighs in, too, with tips for terminals). And "The Way We Die Now" investigates five recent PWA deaths to discover how today's new killers -- complications of HAART and human failure -- can be prevented.

How to live with death. How to die with dignity. And, best, how not to die at all. That about finishes it. But first treat yourself to another eyeful of that sublime Haring blue. [image not available]

Search: Keith Haring, Unfinished Painting

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