QOTD – April 18 – The Death of Those Who Inspire

The death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez weighed heavily on my heart yesterday. As someone who taught me to see the unreal as simply reality, and who obviously cared so much about his characters, and his audience, he played an important part, when I was younger, in my burgeoning love for literature. Over the years, there have been a few authors whose deaths have taken quite the toll on me: Salinger, Sendak, Silverstein, and now Marquez. They were all men for whom I had immense respect, and who I felt played a roll in my upbringing.

For me, when a hero dies, I reflect, I write, I read their words, listen to their music, watch their films, and make sure that I pass their work to the next generation.

When someone in the literary, or music, or movie, or theater world passes away, and they’ve left their mark on your soul, how do you deal with their passing?

One thought on “QOTD – April 18 – The Death of Those Who Inspire

  1. I haven’t experienced the deaths of many favorite people in my life, but I think I would react in a pretty similar way. They left this Earth, their job done, and now we decide what to do with the products of that job. Works that they spent months or years making took a lot if time and effort on their part. If I were to write a book that took me three years to write, I would want people to read it after I’m dead. It took me three years to write it, and I die the day it shows up at Barnes and Noble’s, I would want readers to go “this guy wrote this amazing book on ”

    In short, artists that spend a lot of time, and have gone through some pretty crazy stuff, like Salinger, to produce the work that we love, should not be forgotten simply because they’re buried under six feet of dirt somewhere.

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