May 24, 1940 – January 28, 1996
We don't like to give out the perfect 5/5/5 Score here on JONJ too often. Not that there aren't many deserving candidates, but we like to keep the club exclusive. So more often than not, even if someone might be deserving of a 15, we knock them down to a 14. It's our website after all. We make the rules.
So here we have Joseph Brodsky. Russian dissident. American Poet Laureate. Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature in 1987. And clearly, obviously Jewish; when asked, "Who are you, an American or a Russian?", he answered: "I am Jewish — a Russian poet and an English essayist." So how can we not give out the perfect score here?
You see, Brodsky was buried in an Episcopalian cemetery.
He might have been 15/15 in life... In death, 14/15 is the best we can do.
November 22, 2008