Cyanide is what killed those nine hundred people in the Jonestown mass suicide of 1978. Cyanide killed
the millions in Nazi concentration camps. It killed Hitler and his wife, Eva Braun. During the Cold War
of the 1950s, American spies were issued eyeglasses with thick, clunky frames. If captured, they were
trained to casually chew the curved earpieces, where fatal doses of cyanide were cast inside the plastic.
It's these same horn-rimmed suicide glasses, the wrangler says, that inspired the look of Buddy Holly
and Elvis Costello. All those young hipsters wearing death on their nose.