James Rebhorn, an actor often playing a man in a suit, Dies at 65 after a 12-year struggle with skin cancer.
Mr. Rebhorn had memorable supporting roles in major films and worked consistently in television and theater. He appeared in more than 50 films, including “Meet the Parents,” “Independence Day,” “My Cousin Vinny” and “Cold Mountain.”
He penned his own obituary which can be read here
Composer Sir John Tavener has died.
Most recently and popularly known for "Song for Athene," performed at the conclusion of Princess Diana's funeral
, and for Funeral Canticle
which was featured in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life
. His life and work was devoted to music as a search for deeply spiritual expression, having converted to Eastern Orthodoxy in 1977. In his last interview
he discussed how he had begun to turn again to some of the Western music he'd previously shunned, and turned his spiritual thoughts to other traditions as well. (What he called the "supreme achievement" of his life, the eight hour long all-night vigil The Veil of the Temple
contains Sufi, Buddhist and Hindu texts as well as Orthodox Christian.) [more inside]
In Memory of a Friend, Teacher and Mentor by Philip Roth: [NYTimes.com]
A eulogy for Philip Roth’s homeroom teacher, his legendary and noble friend Bob Lowenstein.
Bryce Courtenay, prolific Australian author, dies.
"Courtenay, who has been suffering from stomach cancer, died in Canberra late on Thursday with his wife Christine, son Adam, and his family pets, Tim the dog and Cardamon the Burmese cat, by his side. He was 79."
Maurice Sendak, Children’s Author Who Upended Tradition, Dies at 83 [NYTimes.com]
"Maurice Sendak, widely considered the most important children’s book artist of the 20th century, who wrenched the picture book out of the safe, sanitized world of the nursery and plunged it into the dark, terrifying and hauntingly beautiful recesses of the human psyche, died on Tuesday in Danbury, Conn. He was 83 and lived in Ridgefield, Conn."
'Doritos Creator Dead, to be Buried with Chips.'
Arch West, a former Frito-Lay executive and creator of Doritos, will be buried with the chips that made him famous.
Relatives of the passengers, survivors, and crew of the RMS Titanic
are planning a Centenary Cruise
on April 8th, 2012, 100 years after the sailing of the ill-fated liner. (The actual centenary of the sailing is April 10th.) [more inside]