My name is Arthur Mednick. I live in Brooklyn, NY. I am a sculptor, a writer and a Dockbuilder. I am married to the woman I always wanted. We have three boys on purpose, two dogs by mistake and a small row house halfway between the park and the cemetery. I began writing about my sculpture as a way of better understanding the work. The more I wrote the more I wanted to write. These essays are about places, the people in those places, the objects surrounding those people and the forces at work that connect the parts.
The essays that begin with “Hey Drew ” are, not surprisingly, written for my cousin Drew. The twist here is that Drew has been in a coma since the day he entered the hospital on July 4th 2011. Drew’s condition is updated on a site called caringbridge.com. On that site there is a Guestbook where visitors can leave well wishes. Apparently well wishes are confined to putting you in someone else’s prayers and sending good energy. There is only so much of that language a person can tolerate. I figured to raise the content bar a bit and also provide the family with a little something to read to Drew from a fellow family member. These things tend to take on a life of their own and the following stories are the result.
Drew did eventually die, after 310 days in a coma, on the 8th of May, 2012. I can’t think of a reason I shouldn’t continue to write to him.