Archive for April 29th, 2010
Yesterday, April 28, was Terry Pratchett’s 62nd birthday. Those who follow Wickersham’s Conscience know that Sir Terry is WC’s favorite author. And those who follow Sir Terry know that he suffering from a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer’s Syndrome.
WC learned decades ago that life doesn’t offer much justice. But it is particularly disheartening that a man and writer with such an agile mind is suffering such a fate. It is harsh that such a throughly humane author faces such an end. Dylan Thomas said it best,
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
But Terry professes to not be bitter, and WC can do no less. So Happy Birthday, Sir Terry. Thank you for all of the pleasure and delight of your novels over all these years. And may you live just exactly as you wish.