ThisÂ morning, I received the sad news that Alexander Taylor, cofounder of Curbstone Press, passed away last night,Â Thursday, December 20th.
I met Sandy while I was working for Cinco Puntos Press. Like anybody who met Sandy, I took to him instantly. I liked his jokes, his irreverence, his story-telling, his commitment to literature, his love of life.Â Â If you had taken my Cerling grandfather and turned him into a liberal who wasn’t particularly religious (if at all), you would have gotten Sandy: a storyteller, a man who liked to snicker, a man who was always ready to laugh, a man with hundreds and thousands of friends.Â And let’s admit it–Sandy had great taste.Â As a result, Curbstone books are someÂ of the best booksÂ being published today. He was a true friend to literature, all kinds of literature from around the world. In the last few years, Sandy was personallyÂ very kind to me. He frequently gave me generous amounts of his time whenever I had questions about how to run a small, independent press.Â Â Always accessible, always working, always joking.
He will be sorely missed from coast to coast and around the world.