I like the way you circled him ( pocketed him would be more precise) with Joyce, Salinger, and Notes and Queries. A sidelong slyness in your approach.

He is a kind of wonder - Nicholas. The sleight of hand proficiency in multiple marriages, his dandy ‘s wardrobe, the travel, the pokey time. The chutzpah of going back to Montreal! You have beamed him up and I’m glad you did.

The effect on me has been speculation about how Mavis absorbed this family history and the oblique ways it entered her writing.

Thank you, Bill.

A lot of sleuthing involved in your strangely nuanced portrait of an enigmatic man.

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What a saga! Thank you for following this misbegotten life.

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