The Right Coast

January 26, 2004
Obit Of The Day
By Maimon Schwarzschild

For the story of an odd, and oddly impressive man -- and an example of the English broadsheet obituary as art-form -- read today's Daily Telegraph obit of David Levy. Levy was a romantically conservative sociologist. He also provided practical help to intellectuals behind the Iron Curtain throughout the 1970s and 80s. The Telegraph describes him as "openly but discreetly homosexual". He has died of AIDS, after a long and harrowing battle. He seems to have lived a rich intellectual life, in high style throughout.