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Archive for February 17th, 2020

by Sam Juliano

I’d like to thank all those who sent private messages and placed comments at the site this past week expressing acute regret and sympathy over the untimely passing at age 70 of Paul Barnett (John Grant), a. k. a. “realthog” the very dear friend and distinguished author who made Wonders in the Dark his second home over the last seven years.  He is of course irreplaceable as a passionate supporter of so many who have written at the site and his departure leaves a hole in our hearts.  Many have rightly asserted that John -who Lucille and I met back in 2013 after another dear friend, the Australian Tony D’Ambra made a connection for us at a Montclair bookshop- has imparted his expertise to the site in so many ways including incomparable encouragement on their essays and a seasoned wit and sense of humor that has always fueled the site with perspective.  They don’t make em like Paul anymore, and as a personal friend Lucille and I have lost so much.  Paul passed barely a week before he was due to attend our annual Oscar party in Fairview, a practice he and his wife Pam maintained for several years.  On a personal note I can never thank John enough too for his remarkable interest and support of my annual Caldecott Medal Contender series, which now for me has lost a muse.  Thank you Paul for all you have given us, like Allan Fish you were that rare individual who made a difference and we are all so much poorer now that you have left us.   An outdoor photo of Paul (above as banner) will be retained as our masthead for quite a while in tribute to this unique human being.

Thank you Jim Clark for another amazing essay in your ongoing Ingmar Bergman series,

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