Sunday, February 12, 2012

A Weekend of Great Sadness.

The world has lost two phenomenal talents this weekend.  Two you ask?  Yes, two.  Lost in the shadows of the death of Whitney Houston, a star whose music defined my teen years,  is the fact that Author Jeffrey Zaslow, known best for his work with Randy Pausch on The Last Lecture and his books on those Girls From Ames was killed in a car accident Friday night on the snowy Michigan roads.

It is with a heavy heart that I must admit to being more shocked by the death of Mr. Zaslow than I was of Whitney Houston, whose body has been ravaged by years of drug abuse.  Was she a superstar of the highest magnitude, yes.  Like I said, her music defined my tween and teen years.  Much like Michael Jackson did with his music.  But Whitney Houston's success was in the past.  Is it possible that she could have staged a comeback, of course, but statistically unlikely.  With the news of Mr. Zaslow's passing I immediately thought of all of the great works that we will miss out on reading.  He was in the prime of his career.  In fact, I have an ARC of his latest work, The Magic Room, just waiting for me to read.

So today, on the day the world  is mourning the loss of Whitney Houston, take a minute to also mourn the loss of Jeffrey Zaslow.  Both of them made an impact on the Arts in our world in their own special way and will never be forgotten.


Megan said...

My mom texted me with the news about Jeffrey Zaslow (she's in Michigan so it was semi-local). So sad, such a loss. :(

Caledonia Lass said...

While I liked Whitney in the past, can't say I much cared for her or her life decisions. Did we lose a great talent in her? Sadly, we lost it a long time ago. As for Mr. Zaslow, I've never read his work, but a literary loss is always sad. I hope they both rest in peace.

Mimi said...

I didn't love "The Girls from Ames" and I think the fault lay with Zaslow's writing.

However, I was saddened to hear about his death. May his Memory be Eternal.

I was never into Whitney Houston, but it is always sad when one goes off the rails such as she did. May her Memory be Eternal as well.

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I was saddened by the Whitney's death but not as surprised as we saw how she was struggling with her demons. She was a gifted artist!

This is the first I have heard of Zaslow's death which I must say shocked me. I have his recent book The Magic Room on my tbr stack.

I hope both artists rest in peace.

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