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.”
If you don’t know her work, maybe start with her memoirs, Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life. (Here are some nice remembrances by John Green and Maria Popova.)
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.”