Catching up on Duncan & Blake

Duncan and BlakeThe L.A. Times got around to chasing last week's story on the suicide of Theresa Duncan and possible death of Jeremy Blake, leading with the angle that other reports have avoided probably because it seems kind of squishy: the idea that the couple felt threatened recently by Scientologists. "It got to be something that was huge to them," said a friend who didn't see any evidence of harassment. Some friends considered them paranoid about the Hubbardists. That thread grows out of a long, uncharacteristic entry Duncan posted in May at The Wit of the Staircase.

Today's LAT piece goes into Blake's rising-star status in the art world and says of the couple:

Duncan and Blake, who were together for 12 years, are recalled as an impossibly good-looking, intellectually vigorous and socially popular pair of soul mates who moved gracefully among a set of likewise brainy, moneyed people who occupy the intersection of art and technology on both coasts.

If my quote low in the piece sounds weird, it was in response to an interview question about whether Duncan's blog persona was "glamorous." I replied, in part: "I don't know how glamorous she was; she was pretty, she was sexy." Also, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington announced that Blake's exhibition will go ahead as planned in the fall.

Photo in L.A. Times: Paul Porter /

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