The 1996 musical about AIDS-afflicted artists scandalized and inspired my romantic teenage self. Figuring out what Rent got totally wrong about adult life — and right.
I asked a bunch of writerly people what book they loved the most this year — no matter when it was published. A great list for anyone who likes to read.
The writer, who beat what he had called "a touch of cancer" in his early twenties, was diagnosed with a malignant tumor in 2010. He died yesterday.