“He was an addict and an alcoholic as well as a comedian, and you don’t find a lot of un-needy people in the sweet spot of that Venn diagram.” – Alex Pappademas, writing for Grantland
Raw. Honest. Profane. Respectful. Loving. Painful. Alex Pappademas’s essay (Knight Takes King: Remembering Robin Williams, 1951-2014) is the best thing you’ll read on the man’s talent and his struggle. It is authored by a fan and writer whose candor and perspective rebuke those would demonize Williams and restrains those who would canonize him. For most of us it’s only Williams’s talent and persona that will be missed — and those are relatively small parts of a human being, no matter how brightly they shine. Our hearts and prayers go out for those who knew him as husband, father, brother and friend — because they are truly bereft of a person we only knew from one angle.