Many of you know that I am a huge and vocal fan of Terry Pratchett. I don’t recall when exactly I discovered Discworld, but now I can’t imagine my life without the adventures of the denizens of that magical place. I think my favorite character is Moist Von Lipwig, but there are so many to choose from that it’s hard to put one above the others.
It was wrenching to hear back in 2007 that Terry had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, a progressive and ultimately fatal brain disease. It’s a horrifying disease, and one I think with particular terrors for the writer as it attacks one’s ability to think and remember. Terry’s written an incredibly moving and, to paraphrase him, ferociously upbeat article about facing this disease and the right to die with dignity in the Daily Mail, and it hit me hard enough that I wanted to share it with you:
The man has guts.