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Remembering Emma, 1985-2008

December 20th, 2009 · 4 Comments

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Today is the one-year anniversary of Emma’s death, the day I found out she had taken her own life in Venice, Italy. Remember her today by flipping through Girldrive, visiting her memorial website and looking through her many gorgeous, haunting photos, reading some more of her beautiful writing, or listening to a Bikini Kill or Silver Jews record (“Mixtapes are better than manifestos,” she said. Amen sista.)

And remember her spirit, the one that was so taken by the road and all its possibilities:

“The road tells you what to do. Throw on some shades, pump up the radio, put your hands on the wheel. Retrace your route in reflection, but look only as far as the blur of passing yellow lines to see the present. Race your future to the finish line.”

Miss you girl. Feminism, and the world, is a more barren place without you.

Love,

Nona

Tags: Girls with Drive

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 craig klein // Dec 20, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Today. A recollection of ideas, love, and moments. Things meant to be shared with someone I haven’t been able to in, now, one year. They are on hold.

    Today. I will have conversations with mix tapes, photos, and memories of someone who, I can only hope knew how much meant to me.

    Today. Stings.

    I love you Emma.

    You were more than a friend to me.
    You are an inspiration.

  • 2 Alexandra // Dec 20, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    This makes me so terribly sad. I just wonder what else she would have done had she made it through.

  • 3 Bettie // Dec 20, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    I re-read the New Orleans passages in Girldrive in honor of Emma today. They’re so tinged with sadness and wonder and lust for life all at the same time. It really is true when they say that passion and depression are closely linked.

  • 4 Grainne Finn // Dec 24, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    I only had the honor of knowing Emma for the briefest of moments in Venice. But she touched all our lives so deeply. I will never forget our walks to work, her reflections on life, karaoke nights, the laughs we had, Gunther and his tralala! She was so inspiring and so wonderful. My world is that little bit emptier knowing she is not around anymore, even if she would have been thousands of miles away anyway.

    I pray she is in a safe, warm and peaceful place now.

    My heart goes out to her family, friends and all whose lives she touched at this difficult time.

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