2012 March 15 Thursday
The Derb On Chemo

Sad to report John Derbyshire is on chemotherapy for cancer

The base state for a chemotherapy patient, at least for this one, is listless apathy. Everything seems to move at half-speed. Tasks I could accomplish in a couple of hours now take all morning. This isnít particularly unpleasant, just income-diminishing for a freelancer on piecework.

Serious bummer. The Derb is one of the guys who write about politics and human nature without attachment to irrational ideologies. The Derb thinks we are all doomed (true enough) and his writings bring to mind the idea that the center can not hold.

Came about this strangely coming from David Weigel at Slate (which is more notable for foaming hatred of the Right). Weigel writes warm words for the Derb.

I would wish the Derb well. But he and I both know wishes won't work against cancer. We need far more advanced biomedical science and biotechnology to defeat that killer.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2012 March 15 09:42 PM  Life And Death

Aurelius said at March 17, 2012 1:25 PM:

Derb is the best writer at NRO, IMHO. Get well, John. We can't win the fight without you.

Mike said at March 17, 2012 3:10 PM:

Maybe Weigel is a little bit embarrassed by his side's cheering at Breitbart's death. It can't hurt to show a little of that famed liberal compassion

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