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Design for Dying Characters

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Richard Alpert

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John Perry Barlow

Barlow was the lyricist for the rock band the Grateful Dead and is a spokesperson for cyberculture causes and issues. He writes that Leary taught him that "It's never too late to come into a sense of the spirit." Barlow and his partner, Cynthia, who was dying of cancer, spent Cynthia's last day alive with Leary. Her death helped Barlow think more clearly about "the second commonest event in the world"— death—and most people's existence in a state of denial about it.

Denis Berry

Berry was a friend of Leary's who spent considerable time with him during his last days.

Sarah Brown

Brown was Leary's granddaughter. Leary's death taught her the lesson that "everybody must and will die."

David Byrne

Byrne is an international rock star and the lead singer of the Talking Heads. He remembers Leary as someone...

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