In 2010 we lost one of our own. Emily Landis, who near-singlehandedly kept the Guide afloat in 2009, took her own life at 25.
Albuquerque, those who knew her, and those who might have, are poorer for her absence.
Emily came from Keene, NH after college. A searingly active mind, she sought deep explanations and expected the best from her friends. A gifted cook, grammarian and fiercely loyal friend, her real passion was as a troubled-youth English teacher. In the last year of her life, she could be heard almost crooning over the decreasing number of fights in her Juvi classroom, and seemed to be on the verge of redefining her department curriculum. She could slam a Guinness with the best, and insisted on only the finest Irish punk (Pogues, mostly) and sighed deeply at the mention of Alice, above other Tom Waits records. It’s rare to meet someone so talented at turning a shit deal into a winning hand.
We know she missed the ocean, and Albuquerque was hard on her. She lost several friends while here to tragedy, and herself took more than her share of hard knocks.
She often referred to the Guide as a life-saver, capping her spectacular sales record with an insightful and mood-lifting meeting presence. We miss her daily, weekly.
Emily leaves many relatives and innumerable friends.