October 28, 2013

Norm Geras

I went over to his blog to check on what he had to say about Lou Reed and was shocked to learn that Norm Geras has passed away. It is a great loss for the "blogosphere" and certainly a great loss for me. Professor Geras was an original thinker and an inspiring writer, with a knack for breaking down complex, perplexing questions and reframing them with almost shocking clarity and precision: he could change your way of looking at a topic with a single, understated, elegant sentence. He was, moreover, an extremely kind man, generous with his time and attention, and always gracious and courtly to his correspondents and interlocutors, even whilst explaining with devastating eloquence the precise ways in which they happened to have hold of the wrong end of the stick. I will miss him.

Posted by Dr. Frank at October 28, 2013 12:57 PM