In lieu of an abstract, below is the essay's first paragraph.
I do not propose that my authorship of this reflection on my friend Michael places me in some sort of place of privilege among those who were fortunate enough to cross paths with him at some point in their academic, artistic or faith journeys. No, this is not a case of one who knew him better rising above others. In fact, it may be the opposite: I suspect that my commentary on our friendship might be indistinguishable from the observations of others. That seems a fitting epitaph for one who made you feel as if you were his only friend in the world. We know that this is not the case. C.S. Lewis notes in his work The Four Loves, that when it comes to friendship "two friends delight to be joined by a third, and three by a fourth..." (p. 61). This was how I knew Michael Costanzo, the CEO and chief creative officer of a massive network of friendship.
"Remembrance of a Friend,"
Verbum: Vol. 15:
1, Article 9.
Available at: https://fisherpub.sjf.edu/verbum/vol15/iss1/9