May 7, 2005

Van Gogh's Ear, Best World Poetry & Prose, Vol. 4


To all those readers who have praised Gerard's writing and wondered why doesn't he do something more with this formidable talent?

Well, the answer is, he is. He has. And he will continue to do so.

What is expressed on this website is but a shard of what the man has to offer. I know.

He's too modest, surprisingly, to mention, so I must, that a poem he wrote was included in the highly revered anthology, Van Gogh's Ear, Best World Poetry & Prose, Vol. 4, published by French Connection Press.

Sandwiched between John Updike and Francois Villon, Gerard's moving and haunting Victims of the Plague is an homage to former mentor and friend Thom Gunn.


In the '90s, Gerard co-authored the amazingly prescient, for its day, Rules of the Net: On-Line Operating Instructions for Human Beings.


A few years ago, The Quotable Sherlock Holmes was published, edited by Gerard Van der Leun with a particularly engaging introduction by "John H. Watson III."

You'll find more biographic information about Gerard at the website I created for his photography exhibit, New York Life Images, Images After the Fall.

Finally, this is my favorite picture of my husband, taken in San Francisco, September 2002.


I love my husband, as I always have, perhaps more than ever, and I couldn't be more proud.

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That is a really nice tribute.

Posted by: Howard Larson at May 7, 2005 5:18 PM

A man is quite lucky to have a wife who will sing his praise, let alone having one who will do so as well as you did. Congratulations Mrs. VdL.

Posted by: RattlerGator at May 7, 2005 7:37 PM

I have the QSH. I downloaded it when Mr. Van der Luen graciously offered it up right here.

I'm glad I found Gerard via the comments at Roger L. Simon. If I had just wandered into American Digest at random and read the bio, I might have chosen the screen name "It Was My Loneliest Summer" as a tribute to his association with Penthouse...

The funny thing about my experience with Penthouse is that most of those times when I crossed paths with the odd issue (usually a badly tattered copy in a duty room or ship's berthing area) I did look for the essays and shorts. Well, most of the time, at least.

Quality comes through every time.

Thanks, Mrs.V.

Posted by: TmjUtah at May 8, 2005 7:53 AM

What a nicely created tribute to a loved one, and how interesting that it came on the heels of the expository of the dreaded 1960's. Thank you.

Dan Patterson

Posted by: Dan Patterson at May 9, 2005 7:08 AM