Dear Ann Beattie:
Yes, we are taking A PLATONIC RELATIONSHIP, and I think this is just about the best news of the year. Maybe it isn't the best news for you, but there is nothing that gives me more pleasure (well, almost nothing) than at last sending an enthusiastic yes to a writer who has persisted through as many rejections and rebuffs as you have. It's a fine story, I think — original, strong, and true.
*Courtesy: The New Yorker and the World It Made by Ben Yagoda (Scribner, 2000)Roger Angell
The New Yorker