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Lawrence Auster, 1949-2013

Lawrence Auster, author the blog View from the Right, died today.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 29, 2013 at 3:17 PM

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  1. Died on Good Friday! Amazing.

    RIP

    chucho

    March 29, 2013 at 3:35 PM

  2. Whatever intelligent things he might have said were drowned out by his incessant Islam-will-Conquer-the-World panty piddling paranoia.

    Peter

    ironrailsironweights

    March 29, 2013 at 3:46 PM

  3. יהי זכרו ברוך

    IHTG

    March 29, 2013 at 3:59 PM

  4. Sent from my HTC

    winalemarjam@gmail.com

    March 29, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    • The blank message was posted in error. I have been reading his blog for the last few weeks, since reading here about his recent brain cancer. Very sad.

      @ironrailsironweights
      It is part and parcel of Islam to conquer the world. That is what they want to do. Many Muslims state this every day.

      melykin

      March 29, 2013 at 4:34 PM

      • I’d like to be able to fly and turn lead into gold, doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. Muslims are incompetent, it’s not even evident they can conquer sub-Saharan Africa.

        teageegeepea

        March 30, 2013 at 10:54 AM

      • @teageegeepea
        The Muslims are good at having babies. And though they are incompetent in general, there are a lot of them having a lot of babies in Europe where the state supports them. The indigenous Europeans aren’t having enough babies to replace themselves. If and when the Muzzies become a majority and take over the governments then it will all go to hell and Europe will revert into the third world. It will be too late by then.

        Melykin

        March 30, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      • @ teageegeepea

        The people of Detroit may be incompetent but the city has been “conquered” nonetheless.

        destructure

        March 30, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      • @teageegeepea

        They’ve got Detroit, but who cares? There are too many other, more successful groups in this country. I was particularly amused by their attempt to make an Arabic school that would teach about the intifada…in New York. Yeah, guys, like nobody else in *that* city would object to *that*.

        SFG

        April 1, 2013 at 7:17 AM

  5. Condolences. No one should die the way he did, in such pain. But he was such a strange man. He’d say blisteringly on-target things, then follow that up with some ridiculous petty comment about someone’s name. And the way he’d judge people based on one photograph. He seemed to me more bedeviled by personal demons than someone legitimately concerned about America’s downward trajectory. And he thought evolution was a fraud.

    Jayne

    March 29, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    • He thought neo-Darwinian evolution was a fraud. Because it is.

      Andrew E.

      March 29, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      • His ideas regarding evolution were very poorly informed and, yes, it definitely didn’t help his other arguments. It’s a shame. So much better (and easier) to avoid topics you’re not so good on.

        RBG

        March 30, 2013 at 4:51 AM

    • I was never a “correspondent” at VFR, though Auster did link to me, I think, three times. I should tremble lest he actually browsed my inanities (whether these convey a greater, GBFM(TM) style message or not!), for I would have made a rich target for his offthecuff shakedowns. But these are precisely one of the reasons why I love his work and, in my way, I say I loved the man.

      Auster allowed himself the latitude of an 18th Century raconteur, but that’s one of his strengths. In part it stems from his passion and greatness as a controversialist and apologist; in part, I think, from his quasi-mystical sense (one I happen to share) that the universe is very stinting with accidents (and in any event, I, too, often think names are stupid). In his way (especially in his final illness) he was as brutal a confessionalist as any avant-garde Modernist could wish to be. His was not a wishful or indolent spiritual journey, even if he sometimes braved aspects of his youthful, quasi-Eastern side which surprised me. To think, today he can’t tell us what to make of the Pope washing the feet of inmates. I can imagine– but maybe the Lord explains it all when you get there. But maybe, too, like Socrates in the underworld, he gets to grill people, even in Paradise. And why shouldn’t he? Quite seriously, my idea of Heaven would be something like VFR, up to and including the part where Auster accuses my shoulder-twitch of betraying Right Liberal tendencies. The man understood things like this.

      As a particular: after the Derbyshire “rules” came out, Auster blogged ceaselessly about them, often with a savage, purposive satirical humor about the daily crimes inflicted upon (to paraphrase) ‘white women who would not read Derbyshire’s “Rules”‘. Yet at the same time, Auster would casually relate stories about encounters with heavily-tattooed white male strangers, where on multiple occasions he explains he just flat-out told them (again, to paraphrase, but this is about the gospel word), “I don’t wish to speak to you; your tattoos disgust me”. –I was sorely tempted to write in, warning him to remember that sometimes Derbyshire’s rules apply to buff white dudes with tattoos too. Yet he seems to have survived these encounters unscathed; and I for one feel a relieved amusement that, somewhere in this world, some man was out there, actually saying this stuff.

      What a character. This really is sad. There were beautiful flashes of hope, just recently; and after all the agony he’d described, and the darkness it’d taken him into, I know this was selfless good wishes for his work and his book, and just the joy to go on writing. What fortitude he possessed; how many people, even of great talent, can give enough of a damn to slave away like that on their best day? Godspeed his book to the presses, for I’m confident it was already, by most mortal copyeditors’s standards, a finished, polished work. I long to see it.

      Lucius Somesuch

      March 29, 2013 at 9:10 PM

  6. That’s sad.

    RIP

    maciano

    March 29, 2013 at 5:53 PM

  7. Didn’t read his blog much until I read here that he was dying. Was impressed by how his faith sustained him through an awful disease, and how he kept blogging pretty much until he lost consciousness. Dying from a terminal illness must be much worse emotionally for an atheist.

    DaveinHackensack

    March 29, 2013 at 6:46 PM

  8. He didn’t die today, on Good Friday, the announcement was made today. He died three days ago.

    CamelCaseRob

    March 29, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    • According to the blog post below he died on March 29, 2013 which is Good Friday.

      http://www.amnation.com/vfr/archives/024382.html

      Joe Walker

      March 29, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    • Laura Wood announced his death took place this morning. Auster’s last blog entry in his own “hand” was Mar 24th.

      Lucius Somesuch

      March 29, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    • Not sure what you’re on about. Laura Wood, now VFR caretaker, says he died on Good Friday,

      Samson J.

      March 29, 2013 at 8:46 PM

      • My mistake then.

        CamelCaseRob

        March 30, 2013 at 6:41 AM

    • http://www.amnation.com/vfr/archives/024382.html

      “Lawrence Auster died today at 3:56 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time, at a hospice in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

      […]

      “On Monday evening…[h]e…closed his battered and medicine-stained Lenovo laptop for the last time.

      […]

      “Mr. Auster entered a state of sedated and sometimes pained sleep the next day [Tuesday], after a night of agony. He spoke no more than a few words during the next two days [Wednesday, Thursday]] and died peacefully this morning after about ten hours of unusually quiet and mostly undisturbed rest.”

      Posted by [ Laura Wood ] at March 29 [ Friday ], 2013 08:07 AM

      Alan

      March 29, 2013 at 10:20 PM

  9. Requiesce in pace, Mr. Auster. You will be missed.

    Kyo

    March 30, 2013 at 6:52 AM

  10. who wrote the obit? I understand it’s sad he died, but I had to lol at this line “No thinker, except perhaps Plato, jousted more ably with his students or left such an elegant and finished record of philosophical conflict and resolution.”

    JM

    March 30, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    • I daresay Auster might have blushed at Laura Wood’s comparison, but there ARE many times in the Analects of Confucius where I find the resemblance to Auster uncanny. Like Socrates, Plato, or a select few other great masters, he had a transformative effect upon certain ‘followers’ that made him an indispensable presence in their lives.

      VFR is not a text that discloses its treasures all at once; you have to poke around inside, follow its flow, see how one day’s arguments echo, reformulate, build upon another’s. And remember that Auster was editing his correspondents for clarity and correctness. What Auster possessed, too, was a kind of charisma– he would frown upon the word “vitalism”, but still, there is a palpably unique person behind the words, whose passions, griefs, humors enlivened every sentence.

      I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to suggest VFR may be a literary monument on the scale of Addison & Steele’s “Spectator”.

      Lucius Somesuch

      March 31, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    • The obit was written by a close friend at whose home he spent his last weeks. She was devastated at his death and understandably emotional. When you lose someone that close, it hurts. Of course I agree that this was an exaggeration.

      Another thing about Auster is that he was a follower of Indian religions for quite some time. He wrote about it a little bit here and there but to my knowledge he never wrote a coherent account of it. He was a follower of Meher Baba for a short while in the late 60s, and went to India in the 80s. That is quite some time to be a devotee of Eastern spirituality. He didn’t become a Christian until 1987.

      I truly hope that he isn’t forgotten, and that he’s remembered for his great book about immigration.

      Jayne

      March 31, 2013 at 8:53 PM

  11. Like Dave, I didn’t read Auster regularly until I found out he was dying. Even though I’m an atheist-leaning agnostic, I’m happy that his faith gave him comfort toward the end. Sad to see him go.

    Robert

    March 30, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    • Yeah, I worked in a hospital for some time, and after that never really criticized religion. Let them believe. Death is too awful.

      SFG

      April 1, 2013 at 7:20 AM

  12. I hope his blog continues. He understood how culture trumps politics and chronicled the decline of our civilization.

    Mike

    March 31, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    • I understand the site will be maintained so people can access his work and there is mention of establishing an Auster Society.

      I came across his site a few years ago and in the last year or so corresponded with Auster via email occasionally. He was direct, concise and logical but what surprised me was his sense of humor. It’s not often mentioned, but he had a very active and droll sense of humor. RIP, his observations and perspective.

      Julian

      April 2, 2013 at 5:18 PM

  13. edit: I’ll miss his observations and unique perspective. He was a refreshingly honest and clear voice.

    Julian

    April 2, 2013 at 5:19 PM


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