In recent days, we've learned of the loss of the legendary Walter Cronkite. Today, we awake to the news that Frank McCourt passed away yesterday. His memoirs - his prose - his poetry -- also legendary.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Angela's Ashes, he was a beloved writer, teacher, and presence in any room (or arena). I loved his writing and his wit. Also, I will never forget seeing him perform with The Rock Bottom Remainders (a literary rock band also featuring Stephen King, Dave Barry, Amy Tan, Ridley Pearson, and others), so I was comforted to read Dave Barry's wonderful tribute to McCourt.