“With her doors of perception wide open and her pen filled with ecstatic ink, Sally Eckhoff has written an exquisite love story of a human and her horse, as indivisible a bond as is found anywhere in nature.”
The Devil at Genesee Junction
"This is a memoir about horses in the same sense that Moby Dick is a novel about whales—an idiosyncratic, compelling, and delightful book about what it means to be human."
James Tiptree, Jr.:
The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon
"Sally Eckhoff is my hero. In her days at the Village Voice of the 1980s and ‘90s her writing taught me and many others a complex critical ideal: it was ravenous, discerning, anti-pretentious, wide-angled, graceful, absurd, generous, and precise. But when she started writing about her own life in the long view, or what she sees of it around the edges of people and animals, it went up a level. Calling this memoir 'empathetic' and closing the stable door will not do. It's more than that. It understands ground-level pleasure. It is wise to disappointment and loss without getting stuck in it. It is cognizant of the facts without saying so outright. Sometimes it is devastating. I’m not even a horse person, but I think she got me. I’m hit, Sarge."
Every Song Ever and Coltrane:
The Story of a Sound
Sally Eckhoff, who hails from a family of seven in a shore town on Long Island, grew up loving New York, horses, and art. Beginning in the late 1970s, she lived in the East Village, remaining there for seventeen years. Early on, she became a founding member of Painting Space 122 Association, and also an occasional performance artist at PS122, Club 57, Great Gildersleeves, CBGB, and Tier 3. Although her eclectic painting style draws from German Expressionism, Dutch landscape painting, and American cartoons, it belongs to no accepted category; the artist herself has been termed a “retrofuturist” by Dutch writer Bart Plantenga. In addition to painting, Sally Eckhoff’s artwork includes typographical drawings and collage, and has been shown at home and abroad, most recently at the Sideshow Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.