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The incomparable actor Alan Rickman died today and I am bereft. I admired his performance in Die Hard, adored him in Galaxy Quest, and fell in love with all things Alan Rickman thereafter with Sense and Sensibility. “The air is full of spices!” The internet abounds with stirring and detailed tributes to him and his work. I’m re-watching Galaxy Quest now to laugh instead of cry.
A friend on Facebook observed that the reason we mourn the deaths of artists whose work greatly affected us is not because we knew them, but because they helped us to know ourselves. That is indeed the gift of great art. RIP, good sir.