As much as Roger Ebert ‘belongs’ to film, so too does he belong to us writers. We ought to consider him one of our own.
According to the Times, The Guardian and other sources, Things Fall Apart author Chinua Achebe has died. Last October, we published a review of his final book, There Was a Country, which you might want to reread as a first step to considering his legacy. (You could also check out our piece on Things Fall Apart.)
Last Friday, the writer Emily Rapp’s three-year-old son Ronan passed away from Tay-Sachs disease. Because Emily is part of the greater Rumpus family, the site is honoring Ronan’s memory by publishing a tribute by her friend Jennifer Pastiloff. They’re also encouraging people to help fight Tay-Sachs disease here.
In the distance someone’s asking
why it won’t stop hurting,
and the church is working like a round,
everyone trying to start
but all anyone can say
is what they’ve said before,
old stories, old prayers
all that’s breaking through.
From “Radiotherapy” by Jake Adam York (1972 - 2012). Deeply saddened to hear news of his passing today. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.