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18 February 2012

Good authors too who once knew better words...

I have spent the past week mourning the passing of my friend John Hellon. My papers are full of notes with his comments: succinct, direct, in red ink. Their brevity belies the depth of his knowledge and experience. Along with writing we shared a love of good food, musicals of stage and screen, and the ability to launch into lyrics -- in his case, Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hammerstein, et al., which never ceased to impress me. His death was sudden, unexpected, uprooting. He was one of a kind, and he will be missed.

4 comments:

  1. The loss of a good friend is always hard. I hope you can take heart from those memories.

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  2. He was also, you modestly omit, a huge admirer of your poetry from the get-go....

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  3. You modestly omit to mention that he was an ardent admirer of your poetry from the get-go....

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  4. Wasn't he the editor of the Bulletin? the name is ringing bells. Sorry for the loss of your friend.

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