Yesterday was the birthday of one of my favorite living writers. He’s someone whose words have made a huge impression on me, whose stories made me dream and want to be a writer myself.

He’s Samuel R. Delany, Chip to his friends. This is a photo taken of him yesterday afternoon, on his 70th birthday, by Kyle Cassidy.

I don’t have many heroes left.

Happy Birthday for yesterday, Chip.

And his new book Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders is finally coming out this month. Also: Kyle Cassidy does great work. I love his photograph series “Where I Write”:

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