Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Getting Very Near the End

So, Monday I heard the sad news that Terry Pratchett, one of my favorite authors, is nearing the end of the line. Sir Terry* was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's a few years back; he's kept busy for as long as he could but is now apparently losing ground. He's been working to complete one more book and another movie, this time not a Discworld film like the other four but a documentary about assisted suicide. Nor is this simply a topic of academic interest to him, as he's making arrangements at an assisted-suicide clinic in Switzerland. Here's the link, with more information at the link in that piece to the original Guardian article:

--John R.

current reading: WITCHES ABROAD [1991]

*just learned today that the motto on his coat of arms is the thoroughly appropriate: Noli Timere Messorum (Don't Fear the Reaper)

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