“Katherine Powers is one really good reason to wade through the sales circulars” –Oct. 10, 2002

As I have noted before, Katherine Powers is one really

good reason to wade through the sales circulars and other evidence

of useless deforestation in our local paper of record on Sundays.

Somewhere along the line the powers-that-be at the Globe

stumbled on the good sense idea of having Powers in every Sunday.

Hurrah, I say. In any case, reading her piece today I thought her

corrections are more interesting than many writers’ texts.

To whit:

CORRECTION: Who knows what dark force clouded my

intellect, unstrung my reason, and unratcheted the very cogwheel

of memory two weeks ago, and thus caused me to imply that S. J.

Perelman's diaries have been published. They haven't. The same blasting

power (that leaves nothing wholesome in its wake, only the ashes

and smashed cinders of thought) is also behind my failing to note

that there is an affordable abridgment of Arthur Inman's diaries

available, entitled ''From a Darkened Room: The Inman Diary'' (Harvard

University, paperback, $17.95). Unburdened now of these terrible

secrets, I can at last find rest.

I was left half hoping she would make more errors…

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