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Goodbye, Anti-Sacred and Profane Writing Machine

Jun 25 2009 | Comments 2

After a long battle with cancer, PW staff writer, Guardian columnist, punk-rock novelist, NME gadfly, gender-twisting rebel comedian and poet Steven Wells has gone on to other things. Well, not really. According to Steven, there’s no such thing as the afterlife, and if there is, I guarantee he’s really, really pissed off right now. I can just picture him at St. Peter’s Gates, saying, “Fuck me! This shit actually exists?”

We’ll all miss Steven so much, and I’ll say more about that later. For now, I’m wishing the best to all family and friends who are hurting. That’s what Steven really cared about in the end, though he was very passionately annoyed by knitting, as well.

Steven was often told he was anti-American. I loved his passion, and he cracked us the fuck up every day. This video was part of a series he did for PW called Steven Wells’ America, in which he took sacred cows and basically grilled them for dinner. Below, he reflects on the religiosity of an America that voted for Bush a second time (Steven was a staunch atheist). Toward the end he smiles a bit, so you know that he knows he’s being ridiculous. And that’s part of what was so cute about Steven — he’d rant, but then laugh at himself.

liz | 10:41 AM | BIG PHARMA, Funny or Offensive?, GLBT, Song of the Day, alternative treatments, anxiety, celebrities, children, cute fix, depression, hospitals / hospitalization, media, meds, military, philadelphia, phobias, politics, random, religion, suicide, violence

herb Says:


Thanks for that piece and the link to his irreverent sense of humor oddly similar to my thoughts and tastes.

I hope he too didn’t go off missing for 4 or 5 days in Argentina (joke).

I wish you’d have elaborated on Steven’s circumstances but don’t you just love that political party’s fervent preaching about morals.

They just might have to call upon J.C., once again, to lead their party as there seems to be no one left who’s holier than thou.


Jun 25 11:21 AM

Moira Says:

Steven Wells wrote: ‘Tits Out Teenage Terror Totty’ ?!! Thank you for the links to all of his writing. No doubt he was warmly welcomed at the pearly gates. Heaven wouldn’t be heaven without him.


Jun 26 8:14 AM


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