A happy combination of two of my interests – the importance of punctuation and just how attached one can get to a dog – appeared in a recent letter from novelist Ann Patchett to the Editor of The New York Times:
I was grateful to see my book “This is the Story of a Happy Marriage” mentioned in Paperback Row (Oct. 19). When highlighting a few of the essays in the collection, the review mentions topics ranging from “her stabilizing second marriage to her beloved dog” without benefit of comma, thus giving the impression that Sparky and I are hitched. While my love for my dog is deep, he married a dog named Maggie at Parnassus Books last summer as part of a successful fund-raiser for the Nashville Humane Association. I am married to Karl VanDevender. We are all very happy in our respective unions.
Ann Patchett, Nashville