A beautiful commemoration of the life of Paul Ash, who recently passed. This was bought to my attention by Jemiah Jefferson, who deeply respected the man who gave her a chance and published one of her short stories. Remember – whoever you are, your life touches the lives of others, and there is someone who respects you and doesn’t want you gone. No matter what you think about how little what you do is, to someone else it is very large – so stay strong. One Love.
A longtime friend and the man who designed the Future Tense Books website, Paul Ash, took his own life on February 7th in Portland, Oregon. I met Paul around 1999 and for a couple of years we often did readings together and talked about our various publishing projects. I was publishing little Xeroxed chapbooks by various small press writers and he was enthusiastically exploring the world of Internet publishing, first with his website, Sniffy Linings Press, and then by designing eBooks for a bunch of people including myself, Jemiah Jefferson, and some other Future Tense folks and mutual friends. He was the first person I heard talk about eBooks in a serious way. In fact, he was probably way ahead of the times with that stuff.
Shortly after we met, he volunteered to redesign the Future Tense website. He worked for several days on it. What at…
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