The first loss was Paul Darmafall, a.k.a. the Baltimore Glassman, a mad and sometimes homeless veteran who made strange, beautiful objects out of broken glass and discarded junk. The man just died of a heart attack, at age 78.
The second is the American Dime Museum. This Wunderkammern of sideshows past, co-founded by Shocked and Amazed editor James Taylor, announced earlier this week that it was closing, and Taylor has definitely withdrawn from the project. But his former partner, artist Dick Horne, now says he hopes to keep the gallery going.
I have nothing clever to say about these events -- just that the Glassman will be missed, and that I'll miss the museum too if it closes for good.