On Tuesday, March 10th I got to go see Neil Gaiman speak here in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was his usual fresh, witty, lovely self, and after accepting the Ambassador award from the Oklahoma Center of Poets and Writers, he gave several readings (in spite of a rather lengthy wrestling match with an ear-microphone that decided his ears were the wrong shape,) and talked about two of his favorite authors, R.A. Lafferty and Terry Pratchett.
It was a terrible blow to hear about Terry Brooks’ passing, so soon after hearing how wonderful an impact their friendship had made on Neil. Still, he carries on, and has done a wonderful interview that sort of turned into a memorial for Mr. Brooks. That video can be found here.
Terry Brooks had rear-brain Alzheimer’s disease. According to Mr. Gaiman this is different than front-brain Alzheimer’s in that instead of taking away memories, it takes away physical objects. Like he might see something and not recognize it for what it is. He was a champion for end of life rights and Alzheimer’s awareness. Taking up the cause for his friend, Mr. Gaiman is very vocal about Alzheimer’s as well, in the hopes that higher awareness will lead to increased research and maybe, someday, a cure.
Since Nimoy passed away recently as well, and the nation is still sort of reeling from the loss of Robin Williams, this has been a rough week. Thank the Gods that it’s spring break. It’s going to take some time to recover. 2013 and 2014 were rough on my family. 2015 is looking a bit rocky too. Keep us in your thoughts, I know y’all will be in mine.
Be good to one another. Be good to yourselves. Read Awesome Books.