Reprints a short story first published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, December 1972; with a letter to his editor.
Published at the inaugural meeting of the Avram Davidson Society in New York City on 23 April 1999.
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Avram’s explanation is worthy of Bierce or Twain. Sarcasm as Samurai clean cut. Avram’s ear was Mozartian! Cooler than Buster Keaton, his deadpan.
“. . . and entertain at anniversaries,
christenings, and bar mitsvahs” !
The hoariest of jokes, acting on misunderstood requests or instructions (e.g. the plot of “The Pirates of Penzance”). Trust Avram to transmute it into a diamond.