chomiji: An image of a classic spiral galaxy (galaxy)

People have been quoting some of their favorite bits of Le Guin's works. I'd like to do so as well . This is a poem from Always Coming Home. That book is arranged as a series of memoirs, articles, poems, songs, prayers, stories, recipes, and more from a people who "might be going to have lived a long, long time from now in Northern California."

On Second Hill
by Ire of Sinshan.

Whenever I come to this place
always somebody
always somebody
has been walking here
has walked here before me.

The trails in the grass are thin and crooked
hard to follow, leading
to the sacred of this place.
The flicker knocks the oak
five times, four times.

Who came here
before me, before sunrise?
Before the flicker?
Whose paths?

Their feet are narrow and divided,
their legs slender.
They walk
in a sacred manner.

And from A Wizard of Earthsea, the first book by her I ever read, when I was eleven:

Only in silence the word,
Only in dark the light,
Only in dying life:
Bright the hawk's flight
On the empty sky.
chomiji: Kyoshirou from Samurai Deeper Kyo, weeping.  Caption: Nor all your tears wash out a word of it o (Kyoushirou-tears)
This has been a very bad year for deaths in SF&F, and the year is not even half over.

My all-out favorite Lee is Kill the Dead: something about the combo of lush spookiness and mordant humor. Parl Dro is one of my favorite characters ever.




chomiji: Kyoshirou from Samurai Deeper Kyo, weeping.  Caption: Nor all your tears wash out a word of it o (Kyoushirou-tears)

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

chomiji: Kyoshirou from Samurai Deeper Kyo, weeping.  Caption: Nor all your tears wash out a word of it o (Kyoushirou-tears)

I first encountered [livejournal.com profile] mjlayman at [personal profile] 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*

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (calcifer-DWJ)

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.)

chomiji: Kyoshirou from Samurai Deeper Kyo, weeping.  Caption: Nor all your tears wash out a word of it o (Kyoushirou-tears)

What should I re-read right now, to remember her? She is the author of so many of my favorite books:

 
  • The Homeward Bounders
  • The Time of the Ghost
  • Fire and Hemlock
  • Witch Week
  • Deep Secret
  • Archer's Goon

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

ETA: Mainstream Media Obits

chomiji: A cartoon image of chomiji, who is holding a coffee mug and a book and wearing kitty-cat ears (Shalom - calligraphy)

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.

New York Times obituary

chomiji: Kyoshirou from Samurai Deeper Kyo, weeping.  Caption: Nor all your tears wash out a word of it o (Kyoushirou-tears)

This weekend, I learned that aelith1946 - Aelith on Shejidan - has died. She was 63.

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.

chomiji: Kyoshirou from Samurai Deeper Kyo, weeping.  Caption: Nor all your tears wash out a word of it o (Kyoushirou-tears)

Mary Travers, central voice of the classic 1960s folk trio Peter Paul and Mary, has died.

 





"Every place I go, I'll think of you;
Every song I sing, I'll sing for you ... "

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)
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Probably "Man in the Mirror." But "Billie Jean," with that slippery little riff (organ, maybe?), is that one that keeps earworming me.

chomiji: Kyoshirou from Samurai Deeper Kyo, weeping.  Caption: Nor all your tears wash out a word of it o (Kyoushirou-tears)

The changes/upgrade to the CMS over the weekend broke lots of things and I am still helping to pick up the pieces.

And I just found out that the lovely lady who founded the Shejidan C.J. Cherryh message board was killed in a car accident a couple of weeks ago.

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.

>sigh<

chomiji: Kyoshirou from Samurai Deeper Kyo, weeping.  Caption: Nor all your tears wash out a word of it o (Kyoushirou-tears)

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:

from the San Jose Mercury News

Vale, bard of Prydain ... .

(ETFix typo in headline ... how embarrassing!)

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