Richard Shindell

The Incident with the Axe

As many of you will have heard by now, I've had a little accident involving an axe and my left index finger. To all of you who have sent notes wishing me a speedy recovery, I thank you. It means a lot.


First, the current status of upcoming shows.
  • July 6 (Watercolor Cafe, Larchmont NY): moved to July 20.
  • July 10 (Black Potatoe Music Festival, Clinton, NJ): I'm not going to make it.
  • July 11 (Jonathan's Restaurant,  Ogunquit, ME): this show has been cancelled, although we are exploring the possibility of rescheduling for early August.
  • July 13 (Club Helsinki, Great Barrington, MA): cancelled.

Stay tuned for more updates.

Now, without going into any of the gruesome details, I feel I should counter any rumor inflation that might be floating around out there.

The damage, which is limited to that one finger, did not involve any muscles or tendons. So there's no danger of losing mobility. The other piece of good news is that the end of the finger should regenerate to a good extent.  

1/8 inch further to the left and I would've been in serious trouble. As it is, it will heal. The final product is not going to be a pretty sight, but I console myself by imagining all the fun I'll have someday, regaling the grandchildren with stories of how it happened: a knife fight in a bar Manila, a duel in a castle in Leipzig, a drunken knife thrower at the circus, a pirate initiation rite - anything but the truth, which is just too stupid for words.

updated: 11 years ago