David Bowie, 1947-2016

There are times when a famous person passes away that your mind jumps to the friend of yours for whom that person had the most meaning. It says something about the significance of David Bowie, who died yesterday, that you probably know at least five or six people about whom you’re thinking, I hope he or she is okay this morning. There are probably five or six famous people you can think that of. If you are under the age of 40 you live in a world he helped make, whether you’re aware of it or not. His importance transcends his work in a way that only a few other artists of his generation can claim. Bowie was 69.