Glenn Goldman, the proprietor of Book Soup, died at age 58 Saturday from pancreatic cancer, one day after announcing he'd be selling the Sunset Strip landmark.

"He knew he was going to die," a friend told the LAT, "and he wanted his two young sons to have the money for their future."

It's a sad farewell to a local entrepreneurial visionary, and we're hopeful that Book Soup will pass on to loving and capable hands, and not some faceless corporate monolith who would deprive us of the kinds of Blanche and Rose Live! delights that made the store such a regular fixture in our To Do listings.