Warning: this post may make you sad. It’s a sad day.
This morning, I found out that Terry Pratchett has died. I was at the library. Fitting. Some of my favorite writing in the Discworld series is in the riffs about libraries and librarians.
An ape librarian closes a book. “Ook,” he says sadly. #RIPTerryPratchett
— Brigid Coady (@beecee) March 12, 2015
Most of this post is a placeholder for quotations I want to add to it later. Because my favorite part about reading Terry Pratchett was always the asides, the little riffs and bits that ran alongside the narrative.
The three rules of the Librarians of Time and Space are: 1) Silence; 2)
Books must be returned no later than the date last shown; and 3) Do not
interfere with the nature of causality.- Guards! Guards!
“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” – A Hat Full of Sky“No one is finally dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away—until the clock he wound up winds down, until the wine she made has finished its ferment, until the crop they planted is harvested. The span of someone’s life, they say, is only the core of their actual existence.”
— Reaper Man
“When you hit your thumb with an eight-pound hammer it’s nice to be able to blaspheme. It takes a very special and strong-minded atheist to jump up and down with their hand clasped under their other armpit and shout, ‘Oh, random-fluctuations-in-the-space-time-continuum!’ or ‘Aaargh, primitive-and-outmoded-concept on a crutch!’” – Men at Arms
Weirdly cheering thought, though: this means that, in whatever version of the Here/After your belief system espouses… Jim Henson, Douglas Adams, and Terry Pratchett are out there, making it more whimsical.
I think the best way people can honor the memory of all three is by finding a way to bring curiosity, whimsy and imagination into their lives today.