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March 11, 2023


I love Charlie and this story and this is nonnegotiable.

Terrific post, Alan. "It's always a pleasure when you can upset defenders of some imaginary virtue." Merci bien, and a toast to Charlie.

I remember after reading Simic’s postcard feeling starstruck, but also like I had made a friend. What a special thing for a kid, all thanks to my Uncle Alan, whose star struck me several years earlier while watching him give a poetry reading on stage accompanied by a jazz pianist. Unc., your star has only grown in mass and volume since then. Thank you for being a beacon of creative light and inspiration throughout my life. Love, Neph.

Wonderful stories. Thank you so much for this.

Philip Simic

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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