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As this is The Pulse’s State of the Arts issue, we would like to pay tribute to a man who contributed vastly to the American arts community: Robin Williams.
Williams was a man who cared deeply about the arts, an intelligent, perceptive person who in his stand-up, stage or film and TV roles was never willing to stay inside any box, the mark of a true artist.
His force-of-nature genius could so inhabit an animated genie that he made the role his own for all time. He could also pierce an audience’s heart with lines such as these from “Dead Poets Society”, “We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race, and the human race is filled with passion. Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.”
Amen, brother. If anyone seized the day, you did. You will be imitated many times, but you will never be replaced.
— The Pulse