Posts Tagged ‘obituary’

Harvest

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Terry Pratchett has died at 66. And this blog is slowly becoming a list of obituaries. As much as I’d like to resist adding a new Obituaries category, Death is in fact my favourite Discworld character, along with Susan Sto Helit who is obviously also related to Death. Terry Pratchett was diagnosed with PCA, a particulary nasty form of Alzheimer’s. He has been contemplating assisted suicide but has instead died a Victorian death.

“DON’T THINK OF IT AS DYING, said Death. JUST THINK OF IT AS LEAVING EARLY TO AVOID THE RUSH.”

― Terry Pratchett, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

LLAP

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Leonard Nimoy, the actor who played Mr. Spock has died a few days ago at age 83 of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. If you like both Star Trek, and smoking now it’s a good time to quit the latter.

Farewell Boris

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Boris Strugatsky died in hospital on Monday 11/19. I’ve just finished reding Snail on the Slope. This is really saddening news.

Boris Strugatsky, portrait by Alexey Kurbatov

Boris Strugatsky, portrait by Alexey Kurbatov

Meanwhile

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Dennis Ritchie passed away.

Farewell J.D.

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

J.D. Salinger, author of one of my favourite novels, has passed away a week ago at 91 years of age, at his home in New Hampshire. Jerome David withdrew from the literary world in 1965. Since then he has been writing but not publishing. There have been constant rumors that he has manuscripts of as many as fifteen novels locked up in his safe. People have kept pestering him with useless sequels to his novel, biographies containing letters of his to other authors and friends, mail that has mostly been hell.

J.D. Salinger

J.D. Salinger, photo: Paul Adao

This letter from July 1957 contains his response to a certain Mr. Herbert, movie producer. In the letter, Salinger politely refuses to sell the rights to his novel, Catcher in the Rye, citing several reasons.