The world mourns this weekend – for two reasons, mainly. The awful events in Oslo last Friday understandably take precedence over much else that has happened. But try telling this to an Amy Winehouse fan. (I could take or leave her music personally.) They might feel their grief is more palpable because in twenty or so years time, she will be remembered in much the same way that Morrison, Joplin and Cobain are remembered: as cultural icons whose deaths are more than mere news events.
Both events stunned me, but for different reasons. It’s about perspective. I feel loss on both counts.