You Probably Shouldn’t Read Satoshi Kon’s Last Words

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08/26/2010 3:27 PM |

Earlier this week, we noted the early death, apparently from pancreatic cancer, of the very gifted anime filmmaker Satoshi Kon. Making the rounds today is this translation of a letter Kon wrote in the last days of his life, gracefully reflecting on his impending death and recalling the personal and professional preparations one apparently makes when one is dying swiftly of pancreatic cancer in what could reasonably expect to be middle age.

It’s a lovely document of a man reluctantly agreeing to relinquish the work and human relationships that meant so much to him, and as such, you should read it, provided of course you don’t work in an office where public weeping is frowned upon.