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Barry Schwabsky on the Editor’s Note

I didn’t know Richard Martin well, but then I suspect not well is exactly the way he preferred being known. My first inkling of this came in 1984, when (on John Yau’s recommendation) Richard gave me the go-ahead to write my first piece of criticism for Arts Magazine, where he had been editor since 1974. Having turned in my copy, I anxiously awaited his judgment. I kept expecting to hear what needed more work, what should be cut, and so on. Nothing. After a while I started to get worried, so I called the Arts office. Richard wasn’t in. Next day, the same thing. The third day, the voice on the other end said, “Well, you know, Richard never comes in during normal business hours. Only at night and on the weekend, and then he never answers the phone. But if you leave a detailed message, I’m sure he’ll return your call.” So I left my message and the next day Richard called: “I liked your piece

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