Frank Meinzenbach (1980 - 2009)

“By some bleak alchemy what had been mere unbeing becomes death when life is mingled with it.”
Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping

“None of it makes any sense.”
Stewart O’Nan, A Prayer for the Dying

“It was an accident. Why do they keep trying to find meaning in it?”
Stewart O’Nan, The Night Country

“The force behind the movement of time is a mourning that will not be comforted.”
Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping




Frank Meinzenbach
15.05.1980 – 30.10.2009

“Obituary is an American death metal band formed in 1985 in Tampa, Florida under the name Xecutioner and later renamed to Obituary.”
Frank would have appreciated the irony, he loved heavy metal, he loved Stewart O’Nan’s novels, especially A Prayer for the Dying.

We are mourning the death of Frank Meinzenbach, a graduate of American Studies, class of 2006. His life was terminated much, much too soon by an accident. He died early Friday, October 30, 2009, in a car accident in Leipzig. We lost a friend who leaves a painful gap in our lives – we’ll miss him terribly: his humor, his warmth, his brightness, his intelligence, his empathy, his support. He loved his work as an online editor, he loved Pulp Fiction, he loved good food, he loved baking, he loved people.
Our hearts go out to his family.

“But wait, don’t go yet. Come back with us, before all this begins. Stick the leaves back on the trees, glue the acorns back in place. Use your magic tape to reconstruct us. Come on, it won’t take long. It’ll be easy.
And it’s all right, right here. We’re happy in the present past ... there’s no future, only now, this minute. It doesn’t matter what time it is; we don’t want to go home. We’re young and fucked up in the dark heart of the country, safe inside our expensive innocence, stuck behind enemy lines. It’s late and there’s nowhere to go ...”
Stewart O’Nan, The Night Country



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