07 November 2008

Three deaths

Pragmatism Refreshed bids a fond adieu to editor and critic John Leonard, novelist Michael Crichton, and Mexico's minister of the interior, Juan Camilo Mourino.

These men have little in common other than they have all happened to die in recent days. Still, each had his moment in the sun, and it is worth our while to bid them all farewell, sic transit gloria mundi. That phrase roughly translates into English thus: "Poor Gloria, she's always in the bus station."

For Minister Mourino's untimely demise, I refer you to the news story here.

For a photo of Michael Crichton with a random fan at an autograph signing the Star-Tribune has the story.

And for hearts-and-flowers for John leonard's tenure as editor of The New York Times Books Review, I refer you to SLATE.

Cheers to each, and have a fine voyage to wherever you're going.

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Knowledge is warranted belief -- it is the body of belief that we build up because, while living in this world, we've developed good reasons for believing it. What we know, then, is what works -- and it is, necessarily, what has worked for us, each of us individually, as a first approximation. For my other blog, on the struggles for control in the corporate suites, see www.proxypartisans.blogspot.com.