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April 11, 2007
I stink at the sort of uncritical praise required when people get married or somebody dies, and so I do what I can to avoid situations where it might be required.
     They make a wonderful couple, but . . .
     What a beautiful baby, but . . .
     He was a certainly great writer . . . but his last novel was a huge disappointment, and he wasn’t particularly impressive when I finally saw him in person. But he was my favourite for the longest time, and even though he didn’t make the most of his appearance on
The Daily Show, I was sorry to hear he had died.