In addition to the tragic events in Dallas, C.S. Lewis died in Oxford and Aldous Huxley died in Los Angeles.

Apart from his Narnia books, Lewis is now most remembered as a Christian apologist. I have my issues with Lewis' take on Christianity, but the Narnia books are fun and The Screwtape Letters is hilarious. Lewis also loved a pint, and allegedly said once of his friend J.R.R. Tolkien's work "not another fucking elf!" (In fact, it was probably their mutual friend Hugo Dyson, but still...)

Huxley is best known for Brave New World and his later advocacy for LSD as a spiritual tool. But his other work is worthwhile, including The Perennial Philosophy (an attempt to reconcile the mystic traditions of all religions) and various works on pacifism and politics. Here's a quotation on war from Pacifism And Philosophy:

All war propaganda consists, in the last resort, in substituting diabolical abstractions for human beings.


My favorite quote from Huxley, however, is from a lecture late in his life:

It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than 'try to be a little kinder.'