An Untimely Farewell
West Village Local

What the eulogies got wrong about Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Published on: February 10, 2014
Daniel Matthew Varley lives and works in Manhattan. His essays on the band Spiritualized and the late author David Foster Wallace are featured at Mockingbird, and he blogs at Disaffected Prep.
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  • Whit

    well written, Dan…

  • free_agent

    “Good dramatic actors, who need to access a vast color wheel of emotion, are often intolerably volatile, hypersensitive nut jobs in real life. To inhabit characters of dubious artistic value, it is also helpful if they aren’t terribly smart. [Mickey] Rourke appears to have both of those qualities; it’s an equation that spells temporary magic on-screen and usually results in terrible suffering off-screen.” — Cintra Wilson in Salon

  • Shelly Brown Levine

    Wonderful eulogy Dan. Your writing is superb, filled with genuine passion and conviction. The trip to True West was actually my idea. I am the “he” who decided it was the perfect theatrical experience for a much of high school boys. I had always been a fan of Sam Shepard and Phillip Seymour Hoffman and the two together was too great an opportunity to miss. I am glad that it had such a positive and life-long impact on you, one that led to a love of drama and theater. Again, a beautifully written piece.
    Shelly Levine, Delbarton

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