Posts Tagged ‘RIP’

John A. Williams, 1925-2015

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Sad news, which I missed while travelling this weekend. Jackson’s own (though he wouldn’t likely claim it) Williams was a writer and thinker whose work is criminally underrated. I have never understood why he wasn’t much more popular than he was. I find him a better novelist (and more “radical”) than James Baldwin and every bit the equal of Richard Wright as a writer, if less immediately palatable to the literati.

Start with The Man Who Cried I Am, if you can find it, then continue on to Clifford’s Blues (which is in print). He also wrote nonfiction, and, with his son, wrote a book on Richard Pryor. He also wrote poetry. He will be missed. Condolences to his family.


RIP Levi-Strauss

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

I’m mildly embarrassed because I thought he was already dead.  100 a nice round number.

French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss dies

(AP) – 1 hour ago

PARIS — The Academie Francaise says that Claude Levi-Strauss, an influential French intellectual who was widely considered the father of modern anthropology, has died. He was 100.

Levi-Strauss was widely regarded as having reshaped the field of anthropology, introducing new concepts concerning common patterns of behavior and thought, especially myths, in primitive and modern societies.

During his 6-decade-long career, he authored many literary and anthropological classics, including “Tristes Tropiques” (1955), “The Savage Mind” (1963) and “The Raw and the Cooked” (1964).

The Academie Francaise said Tuesday that it plans a tribute later in the week.

It did not give the cause of death or say when Levi-Strauss had died.