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Robert Erwin

Robert Erwin, a former Director of the University of Pennsylvania Press who now lives in Amherst, Mass, about 3 miles down the road from Emily Dickinson’s house, posts the following: I began contributing to VQR way back when Charlotte Kohler was editor and George Garrett still had hair. Numerous essays in numerous magazines followed, the bulk of them collected in The Great Language Panic and American Products. Recently I became a Contributing Editor at the Massachusetts Review. It was a question of fairness toward the Yankees. My ultimate ambition, which involves dying first, is to be stuffed and exhibited with an informative plaque at the Smithsonian. Thus will the fundamentals of longevity be made known – unprotected sex, lots of tobacco, and no television.


Reagan In Retrospect

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Tax Aversion

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