A Two Week Stretch

A page of sketches, and sundry notes torn from one of Danny Allen's notebooks. Dan had written a note to Eva Weiss on this slip of paper, and it turned up in a box of her belongings.

A page of sketches, and sundry notes torn from one of Danny Allen’s notebooks. Dan had written a note to Eva Weiss on the flip side of this sheet of paper, and it turned up in a box of her belongings.

I have about two more weeks on my KickStarter fundraising page. I’m very excited with the response I’ve received, and the money I’ve raised thus far. That said, I still have time to acquire additional contributions to help defray printing and production costs.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1149501600/an-early-work-late-in-life-the-art-and-life-of-dan

The book itself is rounding the final stages of completion. I had a telephone conversation last night with designer, Katherine Denison where we checked the accuracy of captions accompanying the art and photographs. I’ve seen the initial digital galley, and it’s beautiful. It’s not just a page of type across from a captioned image. This is a book that’s being designed with esthetic consideration so as to blend the text with the images. The end result will be a layout that compliments and enhances both the words and images.

The paper galleys will be overnighted to me and my editor, Janet Benton sometime in the next couple of days—so we can both hunker-down and scour the text for any possible errors or typos not previously caught. However, no art additions or informational changes will be made at this point. I believe that once this book has been published more art and information will surface about Danny Allen. If I’m lucky enough to find the book has been well received, should new art and information surface that begs itself to be part of the project—then perhaps it might be worth looking into an amended second edition. But that’s getting a little ahead of myself.  An Early Work Late in Life will remain a work in progress until access to all possible material has reached a reasonable conclusion.

The flip side of a notebook page belonging to Eva Weiss. There are portions of a first draft of a poem which will appear in its entirety in the Poetic Addendum of Dan's writings at the end of the book.

The flip side of a notebook page belonging to Eva Weiss. Shown here are portions of the first draft of a poem which will appear in its entirety in the Poetic Addendum of Dan’s writings at the end of the book.

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