“He plays music by the book”: article on Adrian Butler, Rutgers-Camden pianist and library staffer.


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I loved writing news features. This one was actually for the Rutgers-Camden magazine, I think? It was also a press release, and then it ran in various freebie papers around South Jersey. I thought I’d hit it big. What I remember is how Barbara, the head of public relations, edited it, and I rewrote it, and edited it, over and over. At the time I thought it was because I was a horrible writer, but now I know she needed it to be perfect, and I needed it to be an article. Barbara was beyond generous to me, I know now. And I loved Adrian Butler. I worked at the library shelving books and Adrian, who was a serials assistant, regarded me as a real writer.