Sam Shepard: A Life is now available in paperback (including a new epilogue).
John Winters is a writer, critic and journalist who was born and raised in Massachusetts. His work has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Guardian, Salon, Playboy, Times Literary Supplement, WBUR, horse racing magazines, New England Art, Providence Journal, Rhode Island Monthly, literary journals, and many other websites and publications.
He teaches at two universities in New England, and is a member of both the Eugene O'Neill International Society and the Norman Mailer Society.
JOHN'S STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF SAM SHEPARD: I was in Chicago when word reached me that Sam had passed. Though I'd heard that his health had been failing for some time, the news somehow surprised me. I never doubted that when it happened it would bring me great sadness, which it did.
Sam will be remembered as an American original. He was an important American writer, one of the greatest American playwrights of the past half century, and as an actor he graced the screen with an authenticity that was always coupled with a surprising vulnerability. To encounter his work in any medium meant never forgetting it.
I hope my book will remind people why he mattered, and with any luck, will be around to tell future generations about this talented and versatile artist. I believe he will be well remembered for many generations, if not longer. As one of the many saddened commentators following Sam's obituary in the Times put it: "Punch a whole in the sky, Sam." I'll add only, God speed, and thank you for the words and images.