Do I deserve anything? I don’t know. What I do know right now is that a number of people believe that I am deserving of hatred and humiliation and condemnation and, in one case, even death, and I have to listen to that while also looking out for my mental health and wellbeing.
I have known Ed for quite a few years. He reviewed for me when I was The Inquirer’s book editor. When Debbie and I had lunch with Ed in Brooklyn once, Debbie remarked later that “I would love to have had him in class.” Ed, as he makes plain, has had his share of troubles and mishaps. Who the hell hasn’t? But the fundamental is a decent guy and a very talented one to boot.