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February 22, 2014

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Go, Walter. Can't tell you how glad I am you exist. You remind me of an old friend of mine, Walter Neff, another contrarian. Taylor Swift? Up In the Air, with George Clooney? Who else but us knows Godard is more sentimental than Ford? Or wonders how "yin-yang" manifests itself in places like Bryn Mawr? I don't care, either, whether Woody Allen makes movies about black people; on the other hand, did the Wood Man really make his seven-year-old daughter get naked and pull her knees up to her chin and allow him to put his face near her stomach and breathe in and out? That's the part of Dylan Farrow's letter that rings true. And very disturbing, contrarians though we be. Are we sure we know how WA got his nickname? I'm going to light a cheap cigar right now, and hope like hell you're blogging all week. Welcome.

Thank you, Barton. . .Your name rings a bell, have I read your work some place?. . .I read an article in one of the hoity toity papers about Willa Cather. It said she was a real bitch. It illustrated with quotes from her letters. All her attitudes were wrong. Man, they was offensive. And you know what? I like her more for it! -- Walter

I thought I was the only one.

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