Robin Williams RIP
Robin Williams is dead, apparently by suicide. His work, from his manic standup to his intense dramatic performances, was often so fierce because he was clearly playing out his own emotional turmoil in a way that was raw, real, and sometimes almost terrifying.
I wish I could say that I was surprised this morning to hear of his death. Sad, yes. But not surprised. Just as fame, fortune, and success cannot conquer cancer, they cannot conquer mental illness.
It’s absolutely awful that it seems there was nothing that could make the world better for him.
My favorite Williams role? Probably Dead Poets Society. It’s a great movie overall, but Williams’s performance as a teacher imparting the joys of words, of imagination, and of living an unconventional life was probably a bigger influence on me as a person than I realized at the time.