Summer 2002 • Vol. XXIV No. 3/4 Editor's NotesJuly 1, 2002 |

Editor’s Notes

Tom Bigelow, managing editor of The Kenyon Review since 1998, died on June 9. He was 47 years old. I sit here using the occasion of these notes merely to give some order to my thoughts—not to make sense of the senseless—as I did last fall in the wake of the September 11 attacks. As so often in our world, the small event resonates against the large. In a few hours I will make the drive to Tom's hometown, Delphos, Ohio, for his funeral. Five weeks ago, a moment, he gave every appearance of health and good spirits. Just some pains in his legs—they were keeping him awake. Doctors discovered troubling blood clots, which led them to search further and a further discovery: stage-four cancer of the pancreas and liver. Traditional treatment wasn't an option, so the specialists avowed. Tom began investigating homeopathic options. But the tumors were too swift, too greedy. His organs began to shut down. How grateful I am that, on a hunch, I went to visit him at home last week

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David H. Lynn is the editor emeritus of The Kenyon Review, a professor of English, and special assistant to the president of the college. He was the editor of the Review from 1994 to 2020. As an author, he received a 2016 O. Henry Award for "Divergence." His latest collection, Children of God: New & Selected Stories, was published in 2019 by Braddock Avenue Books.

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