July 2nd, 2009
Thanks go out to everyone who attended yesterday’s memorial for Steven Wells in Center City, and to those who’ve had Steven, his wife Katharine, and his family in their thoughts or raised a glass or two to him over the past week. Last evening’s exceptionally well-attended gathering was touching, funny, moving, full of toasts and wonderful speeches and memories, more than a few “fucks” and “cunts” and references to Steven’s testicles (he certainly would have appreciated that), and above all, it was a testament to the immeasurable ways the one-of-a-kind man and his work affected not only the many family, friends, colleagues, and admirers who were in attendance, but countless people around the world all throughout his life. And in the years to come, new people every day will discover, appreciate, laugh ’til they cry over, talk about, and pass along his writing, his observations, his insight, his wit. Swells will live forever.