I grew up in New Orleans, where I attended a public grammar school and a Roman Catholic high school. My father, a sea captain for Lykes Brother’s Shipping Company, was a great reader, as was my mother. He had wanted to be a writer and had, in fact, a degree in journalism from a college in Missouri. I remember that he sent out a few stories to the men’s adventure magazines of the period and that he received at least one response suggesting changes. Changes were beyond him and somehow, I gathered, beneath him. The letter was torn up in disgust.
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