Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, 1950-2009: Influential queer theorist Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick (who Richard Kim calls a "brilliant, inimitable, explosive intellectual") died Sunday at the age of 58. She was a titan when I was in grad school in the '90s, particularly for Epistemology of the Closet and Between Men (both of which, I am glad to say, have their sales ranks back on our site today. Thank you, Twitter.).
Derek Weiler, 1968-2009: And in Toronto, Derek Weiler, the editor of Quill & Quire (often described as "the Publishers Weekly of Canada," though I'd emphasize the Canada side of that as much as the PW side to describe how different they are), died on Sunday at the age of 40. You can read tributes on Quillblog and at the Globe & Mail, along with dozens of comments from all over Canadian publishing in both places and on his Facebook memorial page, as well as his review of Wells Tower's Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, which appeared in the Toronto Star on Sunday. His verdict: "here's for more Vikings in his next book."
PKD x 2: The judges for the 2008 Philip K. Dick Awards, given to the most "distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States," called it a tie between Emissaries from the Dead by Adam-Troy Castro and Terminal Mind by David Walton. On Slog, Paul Constant praises the PKD for its track record of choosing excellent books.
Plimpton on Plimpton: At the Rumpus, Taylor Plimpton reviews, with some ambivalence, the oral history of his father's grand life, George, Being George: "once again, this book was a reminder that I would have to share my father, just as I had throughout his life, just as everyone had had to share him, begrudgingly, but somehow knowing the universe was better for it."
Bye-bye, Bird: Finally, the cover to the right lets me make this a books story, but on this day of too-many early deaths I just wanted to note the passing of Mark "The Bird" Fidrych, the curly-locked, baseball-talking Tigers phenom whose comet career in the late '70s was too beautiful, preposterous, and sad to have actually happened. Here's a priceless 1985 TV clip of the Bird on his Massachusetts farm (narrated, trivia fans, by Steve Stone, who had a less-storied one-of-a-kind year for the O's in '80, at the end of his career instead of the beginning):