Thursday, 19 June 2014, 4:15 a.m. I have been awake since 2 a.m.

People keep dying off around me. This week it was a piano teacher from the conservatory, whom I also knew fleetingly in personal circles, and Casey Kasem, the voice of LA radio in my youth. A couple of months ago it was Abbado. The last few years I lost Cécile, Jessie, and Karen.

I feel death near me. I must prepare and get my stuff in order.