Vic Chesnutt, RIP

Vic Chesnutt, one of the great musical Buddha killers of our time, died of an overdose on Christmas day. Read Kristin Hersh’s eulogy. If you were a fan, chip in some money to help his cash-strapped family cover expenses. If you aren’t familiar with Chesnutt’s remarkable songs, I want to say you should start with “In My Way, Yes.” But maybe given the tragedy of his premature death, you should lean close to your screen and listen carefully to this grainy video of Chesnutt performing “My Name is Judas Iscariot.”

Jeff Sharlet is a founding editor of Killing the Buddha, coauthor with Peter Manseau of Killing the Buddha: A Heretic's Bible (2004) and co-editor of Believer, Beware (2009). Sharlet is also the author of Sweet Heaven When I Die, (2011), C Street, (2010), and the New York Times bestseller The Family (2008).