From: Scottie Bowman <>
Date: Fri Feb 28 2003 - 15:50:56 EST

    Will seems to have directed his farewell at me.
    I'm tremendously surprised. After all, he would have
    had us believe he no longer deigned to read my squibs.
    And, really now, who could have been more innocent
    than myself in igniting this latest spat? I think he just
    couldn't stop having a secret little peek.

    Well, there you go.

    It would, of course, be quite hypocritical of me to express
    regret at his apparent departure. (I'm not wholly convinced
    of its finality.) Flouncing in a grown man induces laughter
    more than guilt. But then, as he points out, giggling is about
    the only thing I do.

    This list is ostensibly about JD Salinger. But, underneath,
    what obsesses most of us, I think, is writing. And it has always
    seemed to me that that is far too serious a business to be left
    to the self-serious, the humourless, the earnest. We know what
    Will saw as my sins. These last three were what I felt to be his.
    Which was why I could never stay my hand.

    Scottie B.

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