Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Dream Diary: July 30, 2018

I dreamed I dropped by Janis Ian's house for an unannounced visit -- which was pretty cheeky of me, considering she lives in a different region of the country from me. We chatted and she mentioned that that evening she was going to be in a music video with Hank Williams, for whom she'd written a song. Then she asked if I'd like to be an extra in the video.

I said yes, while reflecting on the irony that I'd had to beg off a similar invitation to appear in a music video from Neil Gaiman, because it conflicted with my visit to Janis.

(I do apologize for all the name-dropping. But that was the dream I had. The conversation, as I remember it, was a pleasant one.)

And does this mean I'll be posting here regularly again...?

I hope so. Then again, I've been intending to promise to do so for weeks, and things keep coming up. So we'll see. My intentions are good, even if the flesh is weak.


Monday, July 9, 2018

Eight Pictures from the Gardner Dozois Memorial


The memorial for Gardner Dozois was held Saturday at the Friends Center in Center City Philadelphia. Well over a hundred people showed up (I doubt anybody counted) to honor and remember a brilliant writer and editor and one of the best and kindest men I've ever known.

I've written many thousands of words of memorials and appreciations over he past month, so today I'll just post a few pictures with minimalist captions.

Above: Gardner's son, Christopher Casper. His words were the wisest and most heartfelt of the day.

Tess Kissinger sharing memories of Gardner.

"Look -- manatees!" George R. R. Martin tells a very funny story about the old days.

Left to right: Tom Purdom, Barbara Hearn, Margaret King.

Gregory Frost somehow looking both mischievous and elegant.

Joe Haldeman sharing a story with Chip Delany. Tess Kissinger is in the background.

Chip again.

And Jack Dann.

All in all, a very sad event, laced with laughter.