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Sometimes his desire to find precisely the right word...
...or fully realize his insatiable quest for knowledge would get in the way and yet, simultaneously, take him places many of us haven’t been. Sometimes it was humorous, as when he would write poetry that required me to have a thesaurus by my side. I think I have a vocabulary somewhere above the median—but it was a tough slog. He said he needed exactly the precise word that could convey exactly the right thought —and by God— he was right. But I had to talk him down to use words readers could understand. Sometimes he provided an exigesis to explain the imagery and allusion. And it always was profound.
– Glenn Sonnenberg, Father
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