November 22, 1963

The passing of two high-profile figures on the same day (Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson) reminds me of another such day: November 22, 1963. Everyone can tell you immediately who the most famous person was who died on that day, but while many people know who C.S. Lewis was, few people realize he also passed away that day. Poor guy… probably got the smallest and most delayed obituaries that any famous author ever received. Same goes for Aldous Huxley (author of Brave New World), who also checked out on that date.

Stranger still: Someone had the bright idea to write a theological novel about them all meeting at the Pearly Gates.

One Reply to “November 22, 1963”

  1. Wow: we lost a lot more in 1963 than we did on Friday. Brave New World is a truly visionary novel–much more upsetting than 1984 in its depiction of a totalitarian future. Orwell envisioned a more traditional crackdown on freedoms. But we are now living through a time closer to Brave New World. People aren’t told what they can and can’t read or say–they do not speak up because they don’t want to–they are too infatuated with the ephemeral and the spectacular to care.

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