Live fast, die young

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Live fast, die young
Driving down my neighborhood street I saw the headline on today's post emblazoned on the back of a young man's t-shirt. Now, I too was once young and headstrong (today, I am old and headstrong). But, I was struck by the absurdness of this statement. Had to come from somewhere. Turns out the original quote is "Live fast, die young, and have a good-looking corpse"is a quotation from the 1947 book Knock on Any Door by Willard Motley, also found in the movie version of the book. It's also the title (without the corpse) of a biography of James Dean and…wait for it…a 1981 song by the US punk band Circle Jerks from the album Group Sex. The Circle Jerks? Sorry. I know this is a very strange post today but sometimes life and culture baffle me beyond words. End of today's rant. Back on to audio tomorrow.
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