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Patricia Sullivan

Anyone who is a fan of good writing knows the work of Henry Allen. He's a Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and an editor now, but he writes too little, in his fans' opinions. Luckily, he has a piece today on the new wax museum that is sure to leave you laughing in delight. A quote from it:
"Of course they're not playing dead, they're playing alive. No matter. There's something creepy about them; liminal, as anthropologists would say -- on the threshold between dead and alive, statue and ghost, art and trick."

By Patricia Sullivan |  October 5, 2007; 11:32 AM ET  | Category:  Patricia Sullivan
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I have always maintained that it was a mistake to make Henry Allen an editor; he should be left to his own muse and to write whatever and whenever he wishes without regard to deadlines and correct spellings.

I have read his columns for twenty years, have spoken with him about verious columns, and I am distressed that his work no longer appears in the paper.

Robert E. Dahlquist
114 S. Buffalo Trail
Benson, AZ 85602-7420

Posted by: Robert Dahlquist | October 9, 2007 1:16 AM

I can't say it was *wrong* to make Henry an editor, but I sure do love his work and wish I could read him more often.

Posted by: Pat Sullivan | October 10, 2007 2:50 PM

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