The obituary in the New York Times for Dika Newlin caught my eye. (Note that you need to sign up to see the full write-up -- if you don't want to I have some articles on her following.) It is rare to see an American obituary sharing with us eccentric individuals the way the British papers often do. Dika Newlin died last week at age 82, a child prodigy, student of Harold Schoenberg, cat lover, and punk-rocker in her 70's. The NPR story on her is a hoot, concluding with a recording of her singing her cat song, accompanied by herself. Good write-up at Playbill and a lengthy remembrance by Sabine Feisst, who knew her well in her later years. Mark Holmberg, a friend with her during her last days, of the Richmond Times-Dispatch writes: "She read dictionaries at age 3, began composing at 8, graduated high school at 12, had a symphony play one of her compositions at 14, finished college at 16 and had her doctorate at 22. One of her books on Schoenberg "will be read by generations to come," wrote a critic for The New York Review of Books." The Richmond Times-Dispatch also has a photo montage.