“One should not believe too strongly in a life which can easily vanish.”
― James Salter, A Sport and a Pastime
All of us at WordTheatre are deeply saddened at the news that one of the world’s great human beings and authors, James Salter, has passed away. Though he wrote few short stories, each was brilliant, and we are tremendously privileged to have featured several of them at WordTheatre. James was very supportive of our mission and more than generous with his time and his work. To hear great actors read his stories at our events in Los Angeles and New York was a treat and to hear this wonderful and well-spoken, incredibly talented man read his own work aloud was a marvel: from his reading of “Comet” to Amy Irving’s reading of “Last Night” at our 2013 benefit for the Pushcart Prize to readings of “Such Fun” by Rae Dawn Chong in Los Angeles and by Carla Gugino in Manhattan. Carla will be appearing this July, in the Hamptons at our benefit for the Pushcart Prize, which James was planning to attend after he so graciously lent his name to our inviting committee.
Our thoughts go out to his wife, Kay Eldredge, who survives him.