Thursday, March 05, 2009
We are deeply distraught to spread word that Bob Guskind—our good friend and former co-worker—has passed away. Bob's Gowanus Lounge blog had recently gone offline, and messages were going unanswered. Amidst concern, Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn reached out to the Medical Examiners Office, which confirmed that Bob died on March 4th. We are still waiting to hear more, but for now, our condolences go out to Bob's loved ones.
~ via Curbed
I heard of Bob by way of Blackoutman's infatuation with the blog Gowanus Lounge. Quickly, I recognized how articulate and dogged Bob was about all things Brooklyn I knew I wanted to work with him on some project. So when the opportunity arose to make Toxic Brooklyn, I quickly roped him in.
Early on he told me he didn't drink anymore but hinted he'd done a lot of hard living and even at the fact he'd formerly been a dope fiend. It looks like his death might have been a suicide but that doesnt really matter. He'd stopped Twittering, the Gowanus Lounge had gone black and maybe the dope started to look pretty could again amidst the incessant creep of depression. It's so very sad to think about it. To me Bob was always generous and thoughtful and the shitstains that have moved to Brooklyn for their hipper-than-thou lifestyle will never have another advocate like Bob Guskind and his blog. His death, however, is an even greater loss to the whole of the human community. RIP.
Here is cool video of Bob walking around my neighborhood for A Walk Around the Blog segment. And his collected writings for Underground Voices. Plus tons more videos of his on YouTube.
Guy was prolific.
And more about his passing