Life is about the living, But in the last couple of weeks, a few people other than the great J.D. Salinger have passed on, and we’re going to miss them terribly.

David Brown was 93 and a great film producer. He was married to Cosmo’s legendary Helen Gurley Brown. David was a dapper dresser and a witty man who I knew from his long list of credits and lunches in the old ‘ the real ‘ Russian Tea Room. He produced “Jaws” for Steven Spielberg with Richard Zanuck, and then went on to countless successes. I really got to know him when he made Lasse Hallstrom’s Oscar nominated “Chocolat.” David loved that movie. It was sort of his heyday, around age 82. He also produced “Angela’s Ashes,” “Along Came a Spider” and the Broadway musical of “The Sweet Smell of Success.” David was part of the rare breed who made you feel good to be a New Yorker and around showbiz. A lot of people loved and admired him. He will be missed…

Robert B. Parker was the famous Boston mystery writer who gave us the eminently readable “Spenser” series. I knew him in the 1980s. He was a terrific writer, a gregarious family man, and a real Bostonian. I remember those early books, like “Looking for Rachel Wallace” and “Ceremony” as if it were yesterday. Too soon. My condolences to his wife Joan and his two sons…

And Laura Hruska was not a celebrity. But she founded the Soho Press with my friend Juris Jurjevics in the mid-80s. I was sorry to read of her passing at age 74. She was a lovely, delightful person with a great eye for literature and new writing, and a passion for publishing that many seasoned vets in the biz lacked. A lot of indie writers owe their careers to her…

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