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Ross MacDonald
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It's always a great pleasure reading a piece by Henry Alford in Vanity Fair, the New York Times, and - in the good old days - in Spy Magazine. But it's especially fun to illustrate one as I did most recently for the Sunday Styles section of the Times.
The piece - on the aggravation of having your emails go un-answered - is a great one, and can be found here:  http://tinyurl.com/3gmftjy
This is a subject I know a little bit about. When my emails get no response I can run the gamut from slightly peevish to enraged. At the same time I too know the guilt and shame of finding an old email rotting in my inbox, forgotten and/or ignored, sometimes for years.
Here's how I imagine I should be rewarded for this despicable behavior:

That's also why I stopped wearing a tie, right around the time I stopped going to sunday school.
I'm indebted to the peerless John Cohoe for the great gig, and a tip of the Hatlo hat to my friend, photographer David Hamsley, who first used the word 'ignore' as an action word, to hilarious effect. I'm glad I finally got a chance to steal that.


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