This might be really tasteless, and you know, half the reason I was so sad last night was reading Douglas Brinkley's excellent tribute to Hunter S. in Rolling Stone:
"Once the reality struck Juan, he thought about what Hunter would have wanted him to do. Carefully, Juan wrapped his father's body in gold scarves. He then walked outside, in a state of sadness and anger, and fired a nickel-plated 12-guage shotgun into the Western sky. Eventually Sheriff Bob Braudis - one of Hunter's closest friends - was called and the coroner arrived. The official time of his death was 5:42 pm."
Wrapped in gold scarves. Isn't this what everyone wants in life, to have someone who will intuitively swaddle you in beautiful things, even as you expire?
But, before I get too deep about death - I was thinking, I used to be Catholic, and if I could vote for the new pope, who would I choose? My first thought was Bjork, because she could bring the formality and ritual into a glitch-filled modern era, and would look great in gold filigree.
Then there's Sufjan Stevens, who would issue an era of musical understanding unto the world. Rome would just add another state to his list though, so he'd have to rule from one of his test sites.
Ozzy? He's got the kitsch, and just think of the ratings for THAT reality show. But, like the pope this year at Easter, I doubt he would be able to make it through the Latin mass.
Then there's Sinead and Bono, the obvious choices. So far, she's been too lusty and well, he'd have to take a pay cut.
Thing is, this is an important, world-affecting regime change with no democratic input and the potential to lead to further conservative standpoints (on women in the priesthood, family planning, gay-rights, celibacy etc), or even brutally regressive stances that will no doubt curry favor with our charming right-wing 'culture of life' and conservative social systems in Catholicism's worldwide followings. In other words, I'm not one for praying, but I today I pray for a new, liberal and progressive hand driving the Pope-mobile.
UPDATE: the ny times looks at the spectacle of JPII as a rock star