An apt metaphor for the current state of the West: Notre Dame is on fire.
Gene Wolfe, author of more than 30 books including classics like The Book of The New Sun, has died at the age of 87.
I spoke with him once. He was friendly, polite, and vastly amused by the idea that we were publishing a book of literary analysis of everything he ever wrote. He asked who the author was, and when I told him, he said, “But I know him! He never struck me as a madman!”
Requiescat in pace.