ROBERT STONE RIP

16 Jan
Robert Stone [photo:Robert Birnbaum]

Robert Stone [photo:Robert Birnbaum]

In my career (for lack of a better word— ‘preoccupation’ won’t cut it) as a journalist I was privileged to have five or 6 conversations with Robert Stone. A couple of them are on line, here and here.

News of his passing was occasion for me recalling what Stone’s work and conversations meant to me (I last saw him in December 2013, a chat I have yet to make public). I did recall that when I met with Robert at the time of Damascus Gate‘s publication, we touched on music he was listening to currently — which happened to be the Shostakovich’s String Quartets.

Quartet #8 is the most popular of the composers’ fifteen string quartets and reportedly ‘autobiographical:

Currently reading Irene by Pierre Lemaitre (MacLehose Press)

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