One of the morbid conversations we have online, those of us who have enough of a life that’s lived digitally to wonder these things: what would happen if we died suddenly? Who would make sure that our friends online find out about it? Would they imagine that we just stopped logging on, or blocked them on AIM, or just got too busy to check in? Would they ever know that we didn’t mean to just disappear?
Well, tonight I found out how it goes, or got a taste of it, at least. A wonderful woman I never met in person but felt close to all the same died last week, and I found out about it today through a strange collusion of real life and digital networks. The world really isn’t that big after all; even if you don’t set it up that way on purpose, it seems that news can still travel pretty fast.
Suzanne Klerks was one of the warmest, most intelligent and witty women I ever knew. She was a fascinating, multi-faceted academic, exactly the type I love most. I’m just devastated that someone so vibrant with so much to give the world is gone. And in the horrible unfairness of it, I’m also glad that I got the time that I had with her. She was an amazing person, I was challenged and touched by her writing over the last few years, and I’m going to miss her so much.