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I think the first thing I want to say about Bill here in memoriam is about his ability to genuinely like and make friends with all sorts of people. Difficult people. "Unlikable" people. Strong personalities, abrasive personalities. Stubborn and opinionated people. Weird people (for lack of a better way of putting it). People with poor social graces. The awkward and the shy and the clueless.

He managed to do this while recognizing their difficult sides, their flaws, and accepting them without pardoning or defending them or tolerating bullshit. And he was very conscious of this ability, a little mystified at it but ultimately glad of it and how it enriched his life. It's also part of what made him such an excellent creator of community. It was a gift that I hope other people who knew him can appreciate, even now.

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Oh, wow, I'm so sorry to hear this. I never worked with Bill but was familiar with his writing and editing. Many sympathies to his friends and loved ones.
i won't say this every time you share a memory, but i'm listening, and i'm so sorry for your loss.