Grace under pressure

Finally getting my head above water…so back to posting.  Hard to believe that it has been over eight months!

Perhaps it is a sign of my dotage, but I’ve come to appreciate the well-written “appreciation” (aka, obituary).  The best have a telling quote or anecdote that brings the person alive to the reader for one moment more.  Below, Joseph Epstein uses the first heart attack of his friend John Gross to tell us more about the man than any list of awards or honors:

I didn’t see the Sunday Telegraph, for which John became drama critic, but always thought it an amusing mating for a man with a taste for the absurd having to review so many plays that must themselves have been well beyond absurd. He was once seated in a London theater, watching a production of King Lear being done in mud, when he was attacked by severe angina. “Oh, Lord, I said to myself,” he told me, “dear Lord, please don’t let this be the last thing I ever see.”

Nothing like a dead man poking fun at his (and my) mortality.  RIP, John Gross.

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