Michael J Barnett

January 1, 1997

Post #593 – 19970101

Dear Mr Pinkwater,

It is hard for me to write this but I truly wish you had been born and bred southern. Your outlook on the slight unpleasantness of the 1860’s as a result of the Northern invasion of the fair south would be delightful.

Seriously, I enjoy your contributions to NPR and your writings. Thank you– you would have made a great southerner ( a fairly delightful compliment from a Tarheel ).

Yours truly,

Michael J Barnett

Daniel replies:

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, sir. Spoke with a drawl, and used to stand to attention when Dixie was played. However, I was taken to Chicago when still a child, and rehabilitated. My comments on the Woah are encapsulated in the forthcoming novel, ""The Education of Robert Nifkin,"" Farrar Straus and Giroux, scheduled for spring of '98. I won't quote myself out of context, but I will tell you that my remarks about General Lee are unlike any you will have read or heard.