Amy Krouse Rosenthal died this week. We weren’t close, but I liked her work a lot, and I once had a couple beers with her at the Hotel San Jose here in Austin about half a decade ago.
Last year she sent a huge package of her picture books to my boys (they love Little Pea the best), so I was really shocked to learn about her terminal illness from her heartbreaking piece, “You May Want To Marry My Husband.”
One of my favorite things is a recording she made of Kenneth Koch reading one of my favorite poems, “You Want A Social Life With Friends.”
The quote above comes from something she tweeted once that stuck with me: “for anyone trying to discern what to do w/ their life: PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT YOU PAY ATTENTION TO. that’s pretty much all the info u need.”