- Andrew Stern's uncle Keith opened up a world of music and literature to him
- Keith's suicide came as a shock to Stern and his family
- Stern writes that he chooses to remember his uncle's creativity and eccentricity above all
First Person is a series of personal essays exploring identity and personal points of view that shape who we are. May is Mental Health Awareness Month; here, Andrew Stern remembers an uncle whose life lessons influenced him and whose suicide came as a crushing blow.
(CNN)"Andrew, I have some really bad news."
Every pencil ever made contains hundreds or
thousands of words
and those words deserve their freedom, the freedom
only paper can bring.
of every poem I will ever write
and to rescue them from becoming quadratic equations...
else in this world more valuable