THE NUTMEG POINT DISTRICT MAIL

the Avram Davidson electronic newsletter

Vol. I No. 1
8 May 1996
ISSN 1089-764X

Henry Wessells, Editor.
Cooper Wessells, Honorary Secretary.

Published by whim and fancy every two months.
Contents copyright 1996 by Henry Wessells. All rights reserved.

All correspondence to:
TEMPORARY CULTURE, Post Office Box 43072, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043-7072

Or by electronic mail to Cooper Wessells, Honorary Secretary:
Electronym: wessells@aol.com

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Greetings & Salutations!

You are among the select recipients of this newsletter devoted to the work of Avram Davidson. Feel free to forward the newsletter to anyone you wish, or send their details to me at the above address, and they'll receive subsequent issues.

This issue is almost entirely from my own "pen" but future issues can include musings, grumblings and correspondence on all topics relating to Avram's writings (or, perhaps not).

I paraphrase Reno Odlin, who has said: these are matters best discussed in comfortable armchairs over port or brandy, but scattered as we are, we make do with telectronic substitutes. At least until the giant AVRAM 2000 convention (Time and place will be announced).

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The Nutmeg Point of this newsletter's title is a corn-trading town mentioned in Avram's 1977 story "Manatee Gal Ain't You Coming Out Tonight." It seems somehow right to grace the town with a newspaper, however humble (probably a weekly four page broadsheet with at least 7 typographical errors on the first page alone), and to adopt that title. Your editor resides in New Jersey, which, like Nutmeg Point in the story, is the butt of many jokes (Which exit? et sic cetera); as Avram remarked apropos the Slovatchko newspaper editor in "The Crown Jewels of Jerusalem, or The Tell-Tale Head,"

There would be little point in making references to someone's illegitimacy if he chose to answer his telephone with "Bastard speaking, yeah?"
So.
The Nutmeg Point District Mail.

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AVRAM DAVIDSON'S BIRTHDAY IS WORLD BOOK & COPYRIGHT DAY

UNESCO has designated 23 April as World Book & Copyright Day, a fitting but very oblique recognition of the significance of that date. As you may recall from the introduction to "Go Forth, Thou Grore" in Pulphouse 6, William Shakespeare, James Buchanan, and Stanford P. Dole, President of the Republic of Hawaii, had the same birthdate. The editor of The Nutmeg Point District Mail asks, will this afford any more protection for Avram's work in such places (viz. Russia) where the writ of copyright law scarcely runs?

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72 POINT BANNER HEADLINES: THE NEW AVRAM COLLECTION

The biggest news is without doubt Avram Davidson: The Best of the Best, edited by Grania Davis and Robert Silverberg, to be published by White Wolf in 1997.

EDITORIAL NOTE: THIS BOOK WAS PUBLISHED BY TOR BOOKS AS THE AVRAM DAVIDSON TREASURY IN OCTOBER 1998.

Table of contents (subject to final confirmation):

Introductions by Robert Silverberg and Grania Davis

My Boy Friend's Name is Jello
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