Now that you've had a chance to wade through lists of the coolest stuff that went down on the Internet this past week, here are five things that made me sad.
- "Dropped: Why did Anthony Gatto, the greatest juggler alive — and perhaps of all time — back away from his art to open a construction business?" from Grantland. A 6700 word tour-de-force on Anothy Gatto, the 11 World Record-holding, Cirque du Soleil featured, juggling maestro, who now works in the concrete business. Why this is sad: It's fair to say that Gatto may have been the absolute best juggler in the world. If you're the absolute best at something, and you still gotta give up your dream, what does that mean for all of us who are like "pretty okay good" at a few things?
- Double the Sad: "The House I Used to Live In" from The Paris Review, and "Ghosts of Shopping Past," from The Morning News. Why these are sad: Photos and stories from once booming dwellings or businesses that have since gone to rot, because of commercial failures. BRB, I have to go dig some quarters out from the bottom of my purse now.
- Designer and Stylist L'Wren Scott was, initially, most-remembered after her suicide as Mick Jagger's girlfriend. For more context, and sadness: Read "L'Wren Scott, and the Awful Truth about Women's Obituaries" at The Week.
- That 22 lb Himalayan house cat who attacked his owners (after being kicked, which is sad), is now living in a shelter :( Not one to miss a cat in distress, or to prove he's got a Doctor Phil moment in him, "My Cat From Hell's" Jackson Galaxy (or, as he's known in my house, Gordon Milky Way) is on the case.