An Other-Worldly Book Launch

Parties, Festivals & Events, Travel Books & Movies — By on September 16, 2009 at 1:00 am

Last night, The Lost Girls were invited to attend the launch of a very, very peculiar book at 675 Bar in the Meatpacking District. The title being celebrated? Death Becomes Them: Unearthing The Suicides of the Brilliant, the Famous, and the Notorious, by famed author Alix Strauss.

The fellow journos at the event included Allen Salkin of the the New York Times and Daily Candy’s Dany Levy, who tossed back celeb-themed cocktails (like The Virginia Woolf). We wandered the themed-rooms which featured details of select notable suicides including that of Kurt Cobain, Hunter S Thompson and Sigmund Freud. In bad taste? Maybe. Fun and weird and off the wall? Absolutely.

Here’s a little blurb on the book, just in case you’re dying to have a read:

Death Becomes Them is an eye-opening and intimate portrait of the lonely, sad and nightmarish lives these famous folks led. Along with being an historic overview of suicide, Strauss’ book delves into the deaths of our most influential cultural icons: Sylvia Plath, Adolf Hitler, Diane Arbus, Sigmund Freud, Vincent van Gogh, Abbie Hoffman, Virginia Woolf, Kurt Cobain, Spalding Gray, and Anne Sexton, among others. The deaths are as diverse as the person that killed themselves. Some are tragic — Dorothy Dandridge was found naked on her bathroom floor, a handful of anti-depressants swimming in her system. Others are bizarre — Hunter S. Thompson shot himself while on the phone with his wife in an eerie, copycat tribute to his hero, Ernest Hemingway who killed himself in a similar way forty-four years earlier.

To learn more about the author and find out where to by the book, visit

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