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SEK has passed.


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  • Joseph Slater

    This makes me very sad.

  • sharculese

    I’ve been burying my head in the sand the last few weeks, which is why I haven’t been around, but I saw the post about him at the AV Club and I had to stop by here to give my condolences.

    We’ll miss you, Scott.

    • jim, some guy in iowa

      I found that sand is bad for the sinsuses

    • ChrisTS

      I understand, Sharc; I have been buried for many months. To be brought home by this further loss is terribly hard.

  • Matt_L

    Rest in Peace SEK. Thank you for all your writing, but I especially liked the Old Man Cat pieces and the post you wrote about meeting Jacques Derrida.

    I hope that his friends and family will accept the condolences of a lurker and reader.

  • jimpharo

    SEK, we hardly knew ye. And that damn CAT…

  • pseudalicious

    So smart, so funny, so talented, too young. So, so sad. Rest in peace, SEK.

  • Mellano

    I first read one of SEK’s posts a decade ago, linked from a non-political site. It was really funny, I laughed, and continued browsing on without returning. But when I saw him posting here, there was an uncanny familiarity in remembering who he was and how I’d read some story he’d posted years ago. I haven’t had that experience very often, where someone’s voice collapses the internet into someplace small and familiar, like a small town’s diner. He’ll be missed.

  • jmack

    Sad news indeed. What a shame to lose such a talented writer. RIP.

  • weirdnoise

    His ability to cut straight to the absurdity of existence was unparalleled. I’d like to think that this attitude gave him some comfort in the face of what was horrible suffering. That, and the vast love of his readers and, as is manifestly evident to those of us who have hung onto every scrap of news about him these last few days, the love of his family.

    • Auntie Anne

      Thank you for saying what I could not. I would only add my condolences to his family, friends, and of course, the OLDMEN CATS.

  • IM

    Just a byline on a blog and I will still miss him.

    The first time I met him virtually was after the loss of Steve Gilliard. SEK got into one of his many absurd situations and was accused of Gilliard desecration.

  • Jeff Ryan

    A tremendous loss.

  • Frank Wilhoit


    • Ruviana

      Sad, but somehow very appropriate.

  • MedicineMan

    Rest in peace, SEK. I will miss your wit, your words, and your cats.

  • Pelican Flyer

    He was unique; reading his posts was a special pleasure. I will miss his voice in the desperate times ahead.

    • Horatio Seymour


  • wkiernan

    Hey, SEK? Thanks for posting.

    • Horatio Seymour


      • ChrisTS

        WTF is wrong with you?

  • Condolences #273.

    • KadeKo


      Very appropriate. It’s dusty in here.

  • Horatio Seymour


  • Very sad. Please accept my condolences.

    Peace & Love,

  • Ruviana

    Troll infestation on this thread.

    ETA: Never good but especially horrible here.

    • Horatio Seymour


    • XTPD

      Troll also on the “More Please” Thread

  • OmerosPeanut

    Too soon, too soon.

    My condolences to all SEK touched.

  • (((Malaclypse)))
    • (((Hogan)))


      Someone needs to compile all of the SEK-generated internet traditions.

      • (((Malaclypse)))

        Because I’ve been randomly clicking shit here this evening, this subthread made me lose it a moment ago.

      • (((Malaclypse)))

        And this was my second-favorite day on the internet, ever. The best, of course, being crappy cell coverage in Mordor.

        • (((Malaclypse)))

          And this is part of why his loss stings so deeply: not only was he a masterful comic, but he brought that out in everybody. We were all happier and funnier when he was around.

          • Seeing his byline on a post always bought a smile.

            I’ve been going through his old stuff here and especially on Acephalous (what happened to the black template of the blog I wonder?)

        • (((Hogan)))

          The best, of course, being crappy cell coverage in Mordor.

          There were giants in the earth in those days.

          • (((Malaclypse)))

            There were giants in the earth in those days.

            And now that we all have gravitars, those threads reveal so very much.

    • Ruviana

      Somehow this seems so appropriate here! Thanks Mal!

  • Juicy_Joel

    SEK was the best and I will miss him.

  • (((Hogan)))

    All praise to Farley Trollhammer.

    • jim, some guy in iowa

      if we are patient he- or they- will come. not that they are the goddamn batman or anything like that

    • Ruviana

      The Front Pagers are all the goddamn batman.

  • Stag Party Palin

    Dear Scott;

    Fear no more the heat o’ the sun,
    Nor the furious winter’s rages;
    Thou thy worldly task hast done,
    Home art gone, and ta’en thy wages:
    Golden lads and girls all must,
    As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.

    Fear no more the frown o’ the great;
    Thou art past the tyrant’s stroke;
    Care no more to clothe and eat;
    To thee the reed is as the oak:
    The scepter, learning, physic, must
    All follow this, and come to dust.

    Fear no more the lightning flash,
    Nor the all-dreaded thunder stone;
    Fear not slander, censure rash;
    Thou hast finished joy and moan:
    All lovers young, all lovers must
    Consign to thee, and come to dust.

    No exorciser harm thee!
    Nor no witchcraft charm thee!
    Ghost unlaid forbear thee!
    Nothing ill come near thee!
    Quiet consummation have;
    And renownèd be thy grave!

    –W. Shakespeare (Cymbeline)

  • Condolences to all.

  • Docrailgun

    Thank you, Scott.
    Rest in peace.

  • mombrava

    I loved his stuff on visual culture. It was also Acephalous that brought me to LGM. He deserved so much better than he got.

    • petesh

      So did you.

  • LurkyMcLurkerson

    Delurking like so many others to pay my condolences. SEK was too good for this world. He will be dearly missed.

  • Realitybites

    There is still a long way to go to help Scott’s family on their go fund me site. I gave a small amount last week, and will give again soon. I will also be honored to give to help Oldmen Cats if needed. I hope we can now remember Scott by helping the ones he loved. I wish I could give a large amount, but I will continue to make occasional small donations whenever I can. RIP SEK

  • Realitybites

    Hey, a last Tbogg for the Batman!

  • caphilldcne

    Goodbye and Rest In Peace Scott. I rarely comment and I feel undone to have such a powerful voice leave us. I have so enjoyed your blog posts and most especially Oldman Cat. You will be missed. Thank you to this community as well. i am truly grateful for this blog and the commenters.

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  • petesh

    The man that shit happened to, who wrote about it adorably. (How the hell does that happen?) Just coming into his full self as a writer, dammit, I wanted to hear his voice for the rest of my time, and now none of us will. We dont even really know what a loss this is.

  • Very sorry to hear it.

  • Lurker

    Also delurking after a small hiatus.

    My sincere condolences to Scott’s family. I cannot add anything that others would not have said better.

  • JohnT

    A sad loss, my condolences to his friends and family. I admired his ability to describe situations simultaneously with love and satire, as well as his incisive writing about film.

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  • omg so sorry to hear about this so late. rip eric he was a fantastic blogger & 1 of the best.

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