R.I.P. Maggie Estep

February 12, 2014 § Leave a comment

Maggie Estep has apparently died, of complications from a heart attack she suffered on Sunday.

If you are like me you first learned of her through her ranty, caffeinated promotional skits on MTV. That was in my late-teen years, and it was through Estep (and, to a lesser extent, Henry Rollins) that I discovered that poetry slams and spoken word performance and coffeehouses were a thing. They just weren’t a thing in the suburbs, where I lived.

She had released two records (1994’s No More Mr. Nice Girl and 1997’s Love Is a Dog From Hell) and wrote several books, including the darkly comic novels Diary of an Emotional Idiot and Hex. Her last blog post was on Friday, her last tweet Saturday.

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