RIP Michael Crawford RIP Michael Crawford. Very sad to say goodbye to Michael Crawford, who passed away yesterday at the age of 75. I first met Michael in 2008 on the New Yorker softball team. He, his wife, Carolita, and I all had matching Fjallraven kanken backpacks in different colors. His was bright blue, and I can't remember what mine was at the time—I've had a few. Mind you, this was before the Fjallraven craze, before the Soho store(s!), before you could buy these backpacks at J Crew. You had to get them in Europe! So the three of us were instantly bonded by our ahead-of-the-trend fashion choices. Anyway, Michael and Carolita were my first friends on the team, and brought much warmth and cheer to the games. Two years ago, they had me over to their beautiful apartment in Inwood, which you can see in pictures from this New York Times article, for spaghetti, and I got to see Michael's bright, beautiful, joyful paintings. I'm gonna miss this guy a lot.