2018 has been one wild trip around the sun. The onslaught of political news alone has been overwhelming, let alone the personal shifts and changes most of us experience in one way or another each year. There are many ways to approach a retrospective. In this final episode of the year, The Leftscape chose to honor some well-known and some lesser known people who had an impact on the world, passed in 2018, and whose lights still shine.
Wendy Sheridan begins the conversation by remembering Anthony Agabatt Minson – a craftsman, a powerful worker of magick, and a true friend to all three co-hosts. Wendy, Mary, and Robin share memories and healing laughter. As The Leftscape was recorded live this week in Wendy’s home, it was extra touching that gifts “Batt” had made over the years were all around the room.
Robin Renée spoke of Pete Shelley, lead vocalist of the profoundly influential band the Buzzcocks and solo performer of the iconically queer song, “Homosapien.” Mary McGinley remembered and praised the innovations of John Barton and Cicely Berry, co-founder and voice director, respectively, for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Others we lost in 2018 include Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, and Mort Walker in comics, brilliant theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, Apollo astronauts Alan Bean and John Young, CSS design team member Cindy Li, UN diplomat Kofi Annan, politician John McCain, writers Ursula K. Le Guin and Ntozake Shange, activist David Stroh Buckel, journalist Jamal Khashoggi, playwright Neil Simon, celebrities/performers Penny Marshall, Burt Reynolds, Anthony Bourdain, Tab Hunter, Aretha Franklin, XXXTentacion, Mac Miller, and Delores O’Riordan, and gorillas Koko and Nico. These are just a sampling of the many from the arts, sciences, and elsewhere who are recognized throughout the show. Explore the Wikipedia entry on notable people who died in 2018 to learn more about their lives and contributions.
The week rounded out the winter celebrations with Boxing Day and Kwanzaa. Other reasons to celebrate were the birthdays of Henry Miller, Steve Allen, Gregg Wayans, Lars Ulrich, and David Sedaris. What was the big news of the week? According to Men’s Health, Keith Richards has decided that it’s time to quit drinking!
Have a safe and a very Happy New Year!
The Leftscape – the shape of progressive conversation: “Time Passages: 2018 (Episode 30).”