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March 08, 2010


Elizabeth H. Cottrell

What a wonderful tribute to a remarkable man, about whom I knew almost nothing. In spite of this, I feel bereft at his death. The greatest tribute to such a man is just what you've done and are doing with your writing and your business: to "pass it on"...pass on knowledge, humor, graciousness, and appreciation for others and for life. I raise an imaginary glass to David Brown in appreciation for his legacy.


Hoffenstein -- I have had a copy of "Poems in Praise of Practically Nothing" at the ready since 1970 or so. What a treat to see him mentioned publicly.

"Cervantes, Dostoievsky, Poe,
Drained the dregs and lees of woe;
Gogol, Beethoven, and Keats
Had but meager share of sweets;
... ... ...
Well, if such as these could be
So foredoomed to misery,
And Fate despise her own elect,
What the deuce do YOU expect?"

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