One of my favorite people in the world died unexpectedly today. Dr. Neil Whitehead was a professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He was a mentor to me while I earned my undergraduate degree in anthropology at UW. But he was much more than an adviser — he was a singular intellect, with a beautiful vision of the world, always reminding me (and everyone else) of the strangeness and mystery that exist all around us. I was proud to call him my friend and am so grateful for the correspondence we maintained over the years. He was a great man and will be much missed.
Much love, always, Neil, my old friend — safe journey to the next life.