The counterculture figure, who was a beloved musician, sci-fi novelist, and journalist, died over the weekend after collapsing onstage during a gig with his band, the Deviants. You can find a good remembrance of Farren here. I found him through a battered used copy of his book The Last Stand of the DNA Cowboys, which was great fun—kind of a cross between Edward Abbey's The Monkey Wrench Gang and space opera. It blew my 18-year-old mind.