Our friend “Sojourner” has informed us that one of our frequent former commenters, Mark Anthony Jones, died at age 40 in November 2009. He died in his native country, Australia, in which he had recently resettled after several years and many adventures in China, of which he told some beautiful stories.
We are aware of several posthumous praises of him posted in some parts of the Anglophone China-blogosphere. But Catherine and I (and our fictional friend Ivan) would prefer to say, as Scott Fitzgerald wrote near the end of “The Great Gatsby”, “Let us speak well of a man while he is alive.”
Mark Anthony Jones can speak for himself, with his peculiar charm, in this discourse he generously shared with us.
Catherine and I have faith that Mark is presently enjoying a discourse with God, Who will certainly enjoy Mark’s stories.