I just now learned that Jon Swift has died. I’m typing those words and I can’t even believe it.

The great Jon Swift has died. That’s the “blogging” angle to a personal tragedy. In reality, the voice of Jon Swift – the hilarious faux conservative blogger whose talent and passion were evident in every post – belonged to Al Weisel, a sweet and good-natured journalist who happened to be the college roommate of my once-and-future collaborator Jason Chervokas.

I knew Jon’s blogging (I can’t call him Al; I didn’t even know his real name until now) from my own earliest days as a blogger. He was a contributing writer at Shakesville at the same period of time that I was. Jon ran an annual blogging event designed to raise awareness of less-well-known bloggers; he would ask other B-listers (like me, with my blog Liberty Street) to contribute what we felt to be our best posts for that year, and add other lesser known but well-deserving bloggers to our blogrolls.

If this post seems a little disjointed, it’s because I am just absolutely felled by this news. I can’t believe it. I know it’s true, but I just can’t believe it.

Jon was so young and so talented and such a fine person. I can only hope his family and other loved ones find strength to carry on without him, and some sort of peace, eventually.

Rest in peace, Jon. You were very special.

Kathy Kattenburg
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  • I’m glad you wrote something, Kathy. Thank you. I’ve been trying for hours, but can’t get the words together.

    He was a great gift to the blogging community (not to mention his fantastic Amazon reviews!!), and he was also a friend to me for years. He gave encouragement, reached out when I fell into sporadic blogging funks, dropped fun notes randomly, laughed at my poor attempts at satire (his fault!) — just a fabulous person.

    Heart-breaking.

    • kathykattenburg

      I didn’t even know about his Amazon reviews.

      • He put up a post specifically for them, since it turned out that Amazon wasn’t possessed of quite enough good humor to keep them all.

        Jon Swift’s Complete Amazon Reviews

        I finally managed to get the words out that I needed to, btw, at my own blog. What a terrible loss.

  • Axel Edgren

    NO!

  • GeorgeSorwell

    I loved his writing. May he rest in peace.

  • skippy

    it turns out al was a prolific journalist, as well as being jon the brilliant blogger. here’s his real life webpage.

    i never knew him in real life but i considered him my friend. i am devastated.

  • troosvelt_1858

    My sympathies to his family.