In the coming weeks, we know that many of us will be reading Don’s work for the first time, or returning to our favorite of his pieces, or those we remember having liked but perhaps haven’t read lately. A commenter wrote in to say that a group of people in San Francisco were gathering to read and discuss Don’s work together. Another has issued a call for papers for a conference panel, to be devoted to Don’s work at next year’s MLA conference in Los Angeles. Here in Bloomington, a public reading of Don’s work is planned for later in the semester. This weekend, the Bloomington Pride Film Festival was dedicated to Don.
His picture appears in the Festival program, and yesterday afternoon (Saturday), a panel discussion convened, after a screening of the film “Out in the Silence,” so that we might come together as a community to consider how and why different GLBTQI people inhabit, thrive, survive, and die in small towns.
Things on this site have slowed down a bit, but I know that for many of us, Don is constantly in our passing, and more concentrated, thoughts. I write to encourage you to share your thoughts of Don in the coming weeks, those that will bring both the memorial service in Philadelphia (see previous post) and Michael Griffin’s trial. If you find yourself reading Don’s work and have thoughts to share, we invite you to share them here. If you have thoughts about the way in which Don’s life and death resonate in larger conversations, other stories and circumstances, this might be a place to share those.
It is our hope that the site continues to be a place for vibrant conversation, even as the immediate shock, outrage, and grief over Don’s death begins to shade into some other complex set of feelings, attitudes, and emotions. I know many of us still want to talk about Don, and remember him. But this site might also be a place for those of us who never met Don to meet him now–through his work.
If any of you have links to Don’s work or other materials available–either by Don or about Don’s literary legacy and life–I urge you to post them here (I have heard of an interview in which Don is a participant but haven’t been able to locate it).
With thanks to everyone who has already visited this site.