Ten years

Ten years.
A decade. A life.

Alan Dundes was the first person – and the only mentor I’ve had – who saw me as a whole human being. In him, I had someone who accepted me as I was, who was interested in me as myself, not a construct in his mind. He made me feel that I mattered. He did this to many, many students. He was an incredibly generous person. He meant the world to me, and to very many others. You did not have to always agree with him to love him. We disagreed on many things.

He was larger than life.

I miss him, still, very much. I don’t think I will ever not miss him.

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R.B. Lemberg is a queer, bigender immigrant from Eastern Europe and Israel. Their work has appeared in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Unlikely Story, Uncanny, and other venues, and has been a finalist for the Nebula, Crawford, and other awards.

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