In the latest of rock-star tragedies, Elliott Smith killed himself yesterday. He supposedly stabbed himself in the chest a single time while tremendously high on heroin.
Mr. Auburn once had us bring in a grapefruit and a steakknife to class and practice plunging the knife into the grapefruit over and over again within a five minute period. The exercise was meant to illustrate how difficult it was to do this once, let alone over and over again on a grapefruit let alone on a human head. This followed a recent report in the local newspapers that a woman had been arrested for stabbing her husband in the head some 37 times with a kitchen knife all within a five minute period. Supposedly, the amount of times she did it was a clear indicator of the level of adrenaline she must have been working with.
Now, from what I have heard, it has been said that is even harder to stab onesself, due to the inability to get leverage coupled with the reflex to stop once the pain started.
All that said, he must have been ridiculously high to go out kamikaze style….
…and incredibly stupid, because i love his records and couldn’t wait for the new one.