In today’s world of rapid-fire Internet news cycles, events that should linger in the public consciousness often do not. Which is why, if you have not already, we strongly urge you to read Elvis Mitchell‘s brief but very fond remembrance of Quentin Tarantino‘s longtime editor Sally Menke at the web page for his weekly KCRW-FM radio show “The Treatment.”
At the time of Menke’s death on September 27th and the discovery of her body by a search party early the next morning, Mitchell had been planning another one of their semi-regular get-togethers. “Whenever we ran into each other,” he recalls, “the first thing out of either of our mouths was, ‘Where have you eaten?’” Later, he compares her ability to describe recent culinary experiences with that of a highly attuned actor’s sense memory.
Tributes and remembrances of Menke continue to be shared, include a nice October 13th Slate piece by Sascha Watson. But Mitchell’s, like the man himself, is unique, and not just because he had an unusually friendly connection with his subject. Reading his micro-essay is a welcome slice of calm in the RSS storm, a warm window into the soul of someone who evidently had a huge impact on Tarantino both professionally and personally.
We’re not sure how much Mitchell is going to be allowed to wander on Roger Ebert‘s upcoming January 2011 reboot of At the Movies, but personally, we hope the new co-host skips away from the rote review structure as often as he feels is necessary.
P.S. The Quentin Tarantino Friar’s Club roast that was originally set for October 1st has now been officially rescheduled in New York for December 1st, with the addition of a Friar’s Fund scholarship named in Menke’s honor.