poet warriors

Carroll LeFon, ex US Navy pilot, poet-warrior, died yesterday in an airplane crash. I have never met the gentleman (in all senses), but was a devoted reader of his for years, and we have exchanged the odd email. Eulogies are pouring out all over the blogosphere. Lex has left behind an awesome corpus of work even just counting his blog; enough material to fill a book with. I am unworthy of identifying his “best of Lex” articles, so many times has he made this grown man exhilarated or all teared up, sometimes in the same piece. To lose a man who can create like this – or from a selfish point of view, to have no more to read from Lex – is terribly sad. But at least we can re-read.

Last week, Andrew Brietbart also died. He was not a literal soldier like Lex, but did wield his own sort of weapon against his own sort of enemy. He too left prodigious artifacts behind. His politics may not be your cup of tea; if it isn’t, consider instead some departed leftie like a Kennedy or a Layton. One can slurp their saved intellectual nectar for quite awhile.

UPDATE: I meant to also mention Michael Masterov, who until his sudden death during a motorcycle accident, spent years tirelessly educating his readers on all matters aviation. This was through some thousand postings on Usenet, and via meetings with pilot groups throughout the USA.

I have written before that approximately everyone’s ideas are worth saving. One day, we all become just memories. Please care that those memories last. Please, record your stories, keep them safe, pass them on. It makes loss less lousy.

fche Wednesday 07 March 2012 - 11:21 am | | seriously

four comments

<span class='registered'>aluchko</span>

While I didn’t agree with Brietbart’s politics that’s not the reason I didn’t like him. I didn’t like him for the same reasons I don’t like Keith Olberman or Rachel Maddow. Their style of war was simply not a good way of making a positive contribution to the discussion, rather than enlightening people they are a distraction from the truth. That’s not to say I’m not sad he’s gone on a personal level, but I don’t think he made the world a better place while he was here.

aluchko, (URL) - 07-03-’12 13:49

“I don’t think he made the world a better place”

That’s fine, Aaron; still many others believe otherwise.

Frank, - 07-03-’12 13:53
<span class='registered'>aluchko</span>

Yeah, I don’t want to say that people who mourn him are wrong to do so, but I feel they should understand that the net utility of the average warrior is negative, positive if they’re right, hugely negative if they’re wrong, and they need to understand if the collateral damage is worth it.

I guess what I object to is the whitewashing that occurs after death, Brietbart didn’t leave a rich intellectual nectar behind, he left an intellectual wasteland, he destroyed careers, inflamed passions, and lowered the debate. Would he rather be remembered as an intellectual? Maybe, but he loved the argument much more, he preferred to get down and dirty in the trenches, and if we’re concerned with saving peoples ideas I think we’d do better to remember them as they were, rather than a fictionalized version of them.

aluchko, (URL) - 07-03-’12 14:11

“I think we’d do better to remember them as they were, rather than a fictionalized version of them.”

That’s a good point: thus the value in people recording their own output, so it can be experienced directly as a primary source, rather than through questionable/whitewashing/misinterpreting intermediaries.

“he left an intellectual wasteland … and lowered the debate”

(Again, many others believe otherwise.)

Frank, - 07-03-’12 14:49
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