What Robin Williams' Death Means to Me

August 18, 2014 9:41 PM

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I normally don't pay much attention to what happens to celebrities. But Robin Williams' apparent suicide has left me with a grief I have not experienced over the death of anyone else I never knew personally.

At least some of my sadness is shared by many other people who recognize that he was, if you'll indulge me a cliché, a unique talent. Walt Whitman wrote, "I contain multitudes." Williams brought them to life -- sometimes momentarily, in warp-speed parades of politicians and priests, seventh-generati...

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