Remember the great film with Bette Davis, All About Eve? There’s a scene after the scheming Eve steals Margo’s role through trickery & then gets this magnificent review. Margo of course is effing & blinding all over the place. And crying. Her director rushes into her house, puts his arms around her & says, “I ran all the way”. That’s what I want.

What does the absolutely final deadline apply to? What book?”
If there was one book that did not cry out for a sequel, it was “Death of a Doge”. “Don’t you remember what an awful time you had writing that book?

And so it continued all day, wynde after wynde, from a room beyond came the whistle of a teakettle. “Now, you really must join me. I’ve some marvelous Darjeeling, and some delicious petits fours a friend of mine gave me for Christmas.

Old willows trailed veils of wet leaves across his path. Moss crawled up the headstones. The place was otherwise deserted.