All these people are dying! Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes died this weekend. Bernie Mac was just 50 and died from pneumonia. Hayes was 65 (just a little oder than I am) and was found collapsed beside his treadmill. (Am I sure I want to continue exercising?) Both are talented men, and they will be missed.
Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn also died this week. He was a dark and complicated man. This is his name in Russian - Алекса́ндр Иса́евич Солжени́цын - that I just had to copy and paste it for some reason. Brian studied Russian but doesn't remember much of it. Terry Gross discussed Solzhenitsyn on NPR because she interviewed him several years ago after the USSR was dissolved and he could return to his homeland from Vermont where he lived in the US. He was critical of both Russia and the US.