Sir Terence David John "Terry" Pratchett, OBE, has died.
"There's no grays, only white that's got grubby. I'm surprised you don't know that. And sin, young man, is when you treat people as things. Including yourself. That's what sin is." — Carpe Jugulum
“It's still magic even if you know how it's done.” — A Hat Made of Sky
“No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away…” — Reaper Man
I first encountered mjlayman at james_davis_nicoll's place on LJ a couple of years ago. We discovered that we lived on opposite sides of the same city, and after that we had little chats from time to time on each other's LJs.
I just found out that she passed away earlier this week, leaving behind her two kitties, Junie and Loki. We had talked about going out for Peking Duck together, and now it will never happen. *sigh*
I wrote a brief but impassioned e-mail note to the Washington Post about the fact that there did not seem to be any coverage of DWJ's death this weekend. And ... I got a response, with a link in it. It turns out that critic Michael Dirda, who has been fond of her books in the past, was caught out of town on family business.
Anyway, here is his brief blog post, where he explains this, and he is asking for input. (You need to click "All Posts" to see the other responses ... their software seems to be set for a much higher volume of comments than they are getting on this.)
What should I re-read right now, to remember her? She is the author of so many of my favorite books:
And then there's always The Tough Guide to Fantasyland.
A bit of light has gone out of the world.
ETA: Obits by Other Authors
- Being Alive. Mostly about Diana. (Neil Gaiman; includes pictures from September 2010)
- Remembering Diana Wynne Jones (Emma Bull at Tor.com)
- Diana Wynne Jones (critic Farah Mendelson, who edited a lovely collection of essays about DWJ)
ETA: Mainstream Media Obits
- Diana Wynne Jones obituary: Renowned children's fantasy and science-fiction author with a dedicated following (The Guardian, March 27, 2011)
- Diana Wynne Jones, Children’s Author, Dies at 76 (New York Times, March 28, 2011)
- Diana Wynne Jones: 1934-2011 (by Deborah Kaplan in Kirkus Reviews; Deborah is also the DWJ site webmaster)
- The wild magic of Diana Wynne Jones (Guardian Books Blog, March 29, 2011)
Debbie Friedman, whose setting of the traditional Hebrew prayer for healing, Mi Shebereich, I have linked here a couple of times before, died this past Sunday of pneumonia.
(Debbie Friedman's setting of L'Chi Lach, Genesis 12:1)
She played guitar and composed folk-style melodies for traditional prayers, and she was also quietly proud of her identity as a gay woman. Her songs were taught to my daughter at Sunday school, appeared on the CD we played at Hanukkah parties, and were sung during services at both the congregations I have attended in recent years.
May her memory be a blessing.
She contacted me last month via locked post to tell me her cancer had returned and spread, but that chemotherapy was going well and that a prognosis would be made "next year." Then, according to a note that her brother sent to felicitoussk8er, Aelith caught pneumonia due to her weakened immune system. Treatment was ineffective, and she died November 14.
When Aelith heard about my own illness on Shejidan, she instantly assumed the role of concerned older sister, pestering me to ask my doctors all the right questions and exhorting me to take an active role in my treatments. The news that she has lost this battle has left me sad and empty.
The changes/upgrade to the CMS over the weekend broke lots of things and I am still helping to pick up the pieces.
So I owe people interview questions and reactions to lovely music, and maybe I can get to them sometime tomorrow. But it's not happening tonight.
Apologies if this is old news already for some. I first read this on the Diana Wynne Jones mailing list yesterday, but I only just found a mainstream news link:
Vale, bard of Prydain ... .
(ETFix typo in headline ... how embarrassing!)