Between the blue of sea and sky

From the “rather old but worth reading” file comes this New Yorker piece on the Golden Gate Bridge and the people who jump from it. It’s a macabre subject, but one that’s treated respectfully, documenting the sad stories of those who leap – like the fourteen year-old who took a taxi from school directly to the bridge – as well as those who are persuaded not to and, most amazingly of all, those who jump but survive. This quote in particular, from one Ken Baldwin just glows on the page; it’s almost perfect in its context:

“I instantly realized that everything in my life that I’d thought was unfixable was totally fixable—except for having just jumped.”

Tangentally, this article was apparently the inspiration for the song “Jumpers” on Sleater-Kinney‘s album The Woods. First track (brilliantly described here as a “deterrent for weak-eared listeners”) aside, I’d wholeheartedly recommend a listen – it sounds rather like an all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band that are mad as hell about being trapped in an echoey shed. And that’s a compliment.

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