Ned Rorem
American composer and writer

I knew him before I knew him, having blurbed The Naked Civil Servant prior to his immigration here. Then I saw his one-man show, then read his other writing. Finally, we met (through I think Tom Steele), and though we often did not see eye to eye, we remained staunch acquaintances until the end.

No one was remotely like Quentin, with his extreme politeness, his unbitchy wit, and his basic common sense in the form of aphorism. With his death, the world weighs less.

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