From James MacDonald in England:
Thanks for your note and for welcoming me. Unfortunately, because I live in England, I can't attend this year's AGM. But being with such like-minded people as you is like speaking a common language. I agree with you absolutely about O'Hara's pre-eminence as a short-story writer, and I don't believe he was capable of writing a bad novel.
Incidentally, when I was in my late teens, I met a number of older people who swore O'Hara drew on their relations for Appointment in Samarra -- -a testament to his ability to get under people's skins. I could say far more, but I'll leave it for now, apart from closing by thanking God and you that there is this Society.