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We've lost a couple of giants in the last few days.
On Saturday we heard of the passing of Bob Smith after a 12 year battle with ALS. In typical Bob Smith fashion, his reaction to the diagnosis was "Lou Gehrig;s Disease? I don't even like baseball". Bob was a groundbreaking out gay comedian, as well as an accomplished author and memoirist.
He broke ground by being the first out comic on the Tonight Show. His acceptance by mainstream audiences paved the way for all who followed.
And then yesterday Ursula Le Guin passed away.
Here is a wonderful remembrance by Margaret Atwood:
We've lost these two giants, but their work lives on. At moments like these I am reminded of Kurt Vonnegut's statement, “By reading the writings of the most interesting minds in history, we meditate with our own minds and theirs as well. This is to me is a miracle.”