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Sam Shepard (1943-2017)

Shocked & heartbroken to hear of the death of the great writer Sam Shepard. I've been a fan since the late 1970s, when I reviewed Buried Child for the City College newspaper. His genius was that his characters talk plain prose that’s also perfect poetry: how people should talk if they talked as they should.

For over 20 years I had a photo on my bulletin board of me with him (we worked on a project together briefly). I had to take it down a few weeks ago when they were doing construction in my space. I carefully put everything in a folder. Now everything is in that folder—except that picture. Even though I am sure it can't be lost, I feel really sad that that has been pulled from me too.

The artist he was.
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