Appendix Q contains Steve’s full autopsy records. It does not include pathologist HJ Fukuyama’s comment upon Steve’s choice and, by implication, him: “Common.” These archives will correct that fool doctor.
Photographic evidence is contained in albums V-Z. The last three albums capture Steve’s studio apartment and his personal property as he kept it. I call special attention to the contrast in quality between his technological equipment and furniture. In photo X2, his MacBook, Droid phone, and surge protector are set in a careful triangle. One foot to the right, from the viewer’s perspective (X6), are his unshelled stacks of nineteenth-century German philosophy, one writer per stack. These books are yellowed, dog-eared, and heavily annotated. Dorito-flavored thumbprints stain their pages. Atop the stack of Nietzsche, ironically maybe, is his Bar Mitzvah copy of the Pentateuch with his name engraved in gold letters along the center of the cover’s bottom. Tacked above the books (X7) is a picture of Steve with Glenn Danzig. The autograph indicates it was taken backstage at The Edge in Jacksonville, Florida, in 2004. In the room’s center is a foul mattress purchased perhaps from Goodwill. Under the pillow, I discovered three Njoy brand smokeless cigarettes (Y2). He never informed me of his switch from Marlboros. This led, in May 2011, to a misunderstanding. His only other furniture was a clothes’ hamper (Y6), which served as a chest of drawers. Dirty clothing was piled in the closet (Y9). It smelled like armpits and cancer.
— Marcus Pactor