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Steve Gilliard, 1964-2007

It is with tremendous sadness that we must convey the news that Steve Gilliard, editor and publisher of The News Blog, passed away June 2, 2007. He was 42.

To those who have come to trust The News Blog and its insightful, brash and unapologetic editorial tone, we have Steve to thank from the bottom of our hearts. Steve helped lead many discussions that mattered to all of us, and he tackled subjects and interest categories where others feared to tread.

Please keep Steve's friends and family in your thoughts and prayers.

Steve meant so much to us.

We will miss him terribly.

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Ditty: "Pork Brains in Milk Gravy"

Thanks to Ditty for this great cross-post and killer art - THANKS DITTY!

Pork Brains in Milk Gravy
By Mandy Warhole

Warhole, a member of both the Pop and Mom schools of modern art, dedicated herself to the iconization of the everyday. Best known for her Campbell's Soup can series, she also produced an amazing collection of other works on the same theme, inspired perhaps by her day job as a stacker in a local supermarket and by her hobby as an anorexic depressive. To her way of thinking, by painting food she could avoid eating it.

After her death her apartment was found to be crammed with unopened cans of purloined foodstuffs, while above the mantel was her masterwork, "The Virgin Can Opener," which now hangs in the Ekko Museum in Finland.

"Pork Brains in Milk Gravy" represents her final completed work. Her preliminary sketches are covered with notations like "3,500 calories --JESUS!!!!!!" and "A THOUSAND TIMES the RDA for cholesterol, mama mia!!!!!!" and "Fried in LARD and scrambled with EGGS, even, EEE-HAH!!!!!" and "This little piggy went to market, WITH HIS HEAD UP HIS CAN!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!"

Warhole died after apparently consuming four tubes of Liquitex Cadmium Red acrylic during a painting-completion binge.
Acquired in part by a generous donation from the Howard Hughes/Karen Carpenter Foundation. "You can never be too rich or too thin."™

- posted by Ditty