First, a conversation with Marianne:
--I'm a Catholic. Catholics are on a first-name basis with God.
--Aren't you curious as to what God's first name is?
--Okay, what is it?
--Fred God. It's short for Alfred.
--I lead a very strange life.
--You're a Prot, so you'd best call Him Alfred. From a non-Catholic, he'd think you were being impudent.
Maxwell Perkins had the unenviable task of shepherding a certifiable genius -- Thomas Wolfe.
Silent, invisible, like a ninja.