Birmingham AL 05.10.2013
Not really a button I care to see in an elevator. But, given that I was on my way up to see a dentist about a root canal, I did consider pressing it, because, why not.
Skeleton at Twilight
May 8 2013
I wouldn’t explain it if I could. Athens GA, May 2013
Woke up to the news this morning that David Poindexter, founder of San Francisco publisher MacAdam/Cage, passed away yesterday. The news wasn’t a shock — Sonny Brewer told me the depths of David’s illness back in February — but the loss, as always, greatly stings.
Publishing can be a silly, tricky, treacherous business — but Poindexter put a lot of money and effort and time where so many others are all mouth. He was dedicated to what he loved, and he loved writing that challenged him not only intellectually but emotionally. More than a few writers today can thank his passion for helping to fuel the launch of their careers.
This is the copyright page of my copy of Stories from the Blue Moon Cafe, signed by David in Oxford MS the weekend of our multi-city book launch, August 2002. We were all passing our books around, yearbook style, and I saw no reason why the publisher shouldn’t sign when all the authors around the celebration tables were signing their pens dry. He handed this back to me with a bemused grin: “I usually only sign checks.”
I will now answer the inscription: No, David. Thank you.