I'm a couple days behind on this one, but there is an article you must read in the New York Times about Scottish-Brooklynite and venerable sci-fi author F. ("Froggy") Gwynplaine MacIntyre. He was a writer of no mean accomplishment, and also an eccentric of the first water. Sadly on June 25 of this year MacIntyre killed himself by setting himself on fire in the Bensonhurst apartment in which he'd lived for the last 25 years. The story of his life is pretty spellbinding.
"The Last Story of F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre", by Corey Kilgannon (The New York Times)