A Short Ride: Remembering Barry Hannah

...the book i've been working on with fellow VOX editors, Louis Bourgeois and Adam Young, is soon to go to print...it's been an emotional process over the last few months, especially as the images of Barry came pouring in...it was my job, in addition to editing, to lay everything out, to scrutinize and format images...each day, for at least two hours, i was bombarded with Barry's face...

...i cried a lot...then cursed myself for it and my sentimentality, something that i'd thought Barry Hannah and Tom Franklin had beaten out of me in the program...

...i've read each one of the essays in A Short Ride at least a dozen times and am still amazed at Barry's reach, his humanity, his ability to be a complete cad, a gentleman, and, let's face it, at times, a straight-shooting asshole...

...this is the beautiful cover, created by Glennray Tutor (an amazing artist you should know about, and if you don't i'm wagging my finger at you and insisting you click on his name immediately), and designed by Betsy Chapman (yes, that Betsy Chapman, of the Mississippi Chapmans)...

...i hope you'll all order a copy when it hits the shelves...i'll let you know the exact date soon...


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