“A member of the ‘All Things Considered’ family has died,” begins NPR’s Susan Stamberg, who continues, “Alan Cheuse, who reviewed books on our air nearly every week since the early 1980s, passed away [Friday, July 31, 2015] after a car accident in California two weeks ago.”
Cheuse was 75, but sounded years younger. Says Stamberg, “In two minutes every week, Alan paid his respects to good writing in his soft, intense, passionate voice.
According to the Los Angeles Times, “Cheuse was injured in a car crash on July 14 on Highway 17 while on his way from the Squaw Valley Writers Workshop in Nevada City to Santa Cruz. He was hospitalized with broken ribs and vertebrae. Three days later, he suffered a subdural hematoma, after which he entered a coma.”
Says Stamberg, “Who ever read as much as Alan did? When he wasn’t reading, he was teaching — over the years at Bennington, the University of Virginia, University of Michigan, and for the last two-plus decades, at George Mason University. And when he wasn’t reading and teaching, he was writing. Five novels, novellas, short stories, textbooks.”
Here’s a podcast of one of Cheuse’s recent reviews.