Eddie Stern on Lou Reed’s passing

This latest post from Eddie Stern doesn’t need much context or commentary. For those who missed the news, Lou Reed — rocker, poet, curmudgeon, inspiration for many — passed away last Sunday.

If you don’t know who Lou Reed is, I’m not sure there’s much hope for you. Google him.

But I was saying the post doesn’t need much commentary. I think it needs only this: Posts like this one are, in part, interesting for what they say about the writer as well as the subject. See what you learn about Eddie, as well as Lou Reed:

He was the grumpiest guy I ever met in my life, but also one of the sweetest. When he appreciated something or someone, his appreciation was genuine, effusive and heartfelt. I enjoyed teaching him yoga, and he always made me laugh with the specificity of the things he wanted to do. He would come in to his living room and announce what the program was going to be: “Stretch, meditate. My elbows are killing me”; “Do you think I’ll ever be able to do lotus? I want to sit in lotus” (he never could do it); “Nothing on my calves today, just my shoulders.” I was pretty willing to oblige. And he was always thankful.

Given my now-for-too-long knee problems that sometimes keep me from sitting in lotus, I appreciate that I shared something with Reed.

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Two Ashtangis write about their practice and their teachers.

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