Philosopher Ayn Rand said that she wanted no eulogies at her funeral, but only asked that her favorite poem, “If” by Rudyard Kipling, be read.
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night.”
Mabanckou bestowed the Freedom of Expression Courage award to Charlie Hebdo’s editor-in-chief Gerard Biard to a standing ovation 48 hours after Islamic terrorists assaulted a Texas cartoon competition.
When we two parted
In silence and tears,
To sever for years…
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.