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March 31, 2012

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Alas, Adrienne's work on her edition of the annual compendium was savaged by a later editor. She deserved BETTER!

Classy, David. Kind and generous, as always.

David, so good to read this here. I remember that issue of the BAP so well...for its distinctiveness and vision. I think of her like that...relentless in her continual seeing, as if she was "on watch" so the rest of us could sleep around the fire.

I found out she had passed away while I was in the middle of a "social justice seder" on campus...kind of the right/wrong place to be in so many ways. She had this way of taking on hard things...and I wonder if her not being here will put the weight of that on others, as if now we have to. Or whether....

Really, if there are folks who are circles and those who are vectors, I hope she'd forgive my saying I think she was a vector

I remember David telling me about a side of Adrienne that might surprise those who didn't know her. Apparently at one point during their months of working on BAP, David was feeling under the weather with a cold. He mentioned this to Adrienne during a phone call and she very quickly became quite maternal, advising David how he could best take care of himself and urging him to take his vitamins and such. I've always loved this anecdote.


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