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December 14, 2005

The day the sky fell in

Writing about web page http://www.guardian.co.uk/weekend/story/0,3605,1655273,00.html

Laurie was just 13 when he was killed by a rare and aggressive cancer. His father, Matthew Engel, describes losing his best pal.

I'm generally not a big fan of weekend supplements; their fashion, motoring, cooking, homes sections just seem like watered down versions of the magazines devoted entirely to those same subjects, and in more or less the opposite way to how I enjoy the New Yorker, their features and interviews somehow just never engage me.

But this is one of the most moving, heart breaking pieces I've ever read. Matthew Engel writes unflinchingly and honestly about an almost unthinkably awful sequence of events. It's an extraordinary and brave piece of writing, and I quote nothing from it because it needs to be read as a whole.


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