Robin Williams

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Our celebrity-obsessed culture has a lot of trouble handling death. Arguably our ordinary everyday American culture does as well, but in the aftermath of Robin Williams’ passing, it’s become obvious that the end of a celebrity’s life can just leave us mystified. If that celebrity dies through his or her own hand and while the star of their celebrity-hood is still brightly illuminated, it’s even more perplexing to us. We feel we know them and our grieving process wants to treat them like...