Update 1.20.2005: Suicide Documentary
New Yorker: “Studies reveal ‘a commonly held attitude that romanticizes suicide from the Golden Gate Bridge in such terms as aesthetically pleasing and beautiful, while regarding a Bay Bridge suicide as tacky.’”
I read the (print version of) this fascinating New Yorker article tonight about the most popular and effective place to commit suicide in America: The Golden Gate Bridge. An average of one person every two weeks commits suicide using the national landmark as a stepping stone. That’s more than 1,200 (recorded) suicides since the bridge opened in 1937. Only twenty-six people known to have attempted suicide from the bridge have survived.
One of the only things I will actually miss about my San Francisco-San Rafael commute is the opportunity to drive across the breathtaking Gate twice per day. As Tad Friend eloquently puts it in this New Yorker piece: “Matchless in its Art Deco splendor, the Golden Gate is also unrivalled as a symbol: it is a threshold that presides over the end of the continent and a gangway to the void beyond.”