The Needle and the Damage Done

From the NYT: “Philip Seymour Hoffman, perhaps the most ambitious and widely admired American actor of his generation, who gave three-dimensional nuance to a wide range of sidekicks, villains and leading men on screen and embraced some of the theater’s most burdensome roles on Broadway, died on Sunday.”

+ When the news of Hoffman’s death first broke, many people exchanged this quote: “The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool.” That quote is actually from Hoffman’s character in the movie Almost Famous. It makes sense that we’d confuse Hoffman with his one of his characters. As Richard Brody explains in The New Yorker: “For those who didn’t know him personally (I never met him), the horror is inseparable from art — the love of his performances, the acknowledgment that there’s nothing more of them beside what’s in the can, and the sense that the torment and the talent are inseparable.” (It’s a tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman that so many people have delivered such beautiful and well-written obituaries. Art begets art.)

+ Seventy bags of heroin were found in Hoffman’s apartment. The NYPD is now on the hunt for the person who sold the drugs.

+ Esquire: Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final secret.

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