Up about 9 – wrote diary. Shortened slip, washed hair. Jean Thomas called with an 11:30 appt. at Jack Tinker + Partners at 1414 Sixth Ave to see a Pat Kirkland. I left the house at 10:50 + spent the next half hour trying to get a cab + getting soaking wet instead. Ended up 15 minutes late taking the B’way Bus + running across town on 58th St. I don’t know which busses + which subways around here. The reading was a voice over for “chock plus Iron tablets” + was a very funny script. My third taping was pretty good but I don’t know if they liked it or not. My being late didn’t help. Pat Kirkland used to be with United Talent. Knows Peter + is “a great friend of Parker’s”. Had lunch downstairs in the coffee shop. Went to the bank + got some money. Got copies of Annie’s keys. bought lightbulbs + groceries. Came home. Drue called + we’re having dinner on Sunday night. Jean Thomas called to say the Kool appt. has been postponed + Scotty called. We’re going to try to see a show or something Sunday afternoon to avoid drinking. I read another detective story + fell sound asleep. Woke about 8:30. Wrote a note to Susan enclosing $15 for her birthday and then started a letter to Peter – about midway I decided to call him + there he was – said he’d been about to call me. Mary on the sauce again. Newcomb made the mistake of writing her a letter which was very disapproviong – How I do wish Newcomb would think 15 times before, during + after every single letter he writes + then not send a good many of them. But at the same time that’s Newcomb + to expect him to be an amateur psychologist is too much. Our phone call was interrupted by “an emergency call from Mrs. Mary Enelow” – same old tricks. Peter called me back + it seems Mary was expecting a computer date, was gulping vodka + wanted Peter to call her in 45 minutes. She said “I hope you weren’t talking to my sister.” Peter said he was + she said “Oh my God” + hung up. Oh Lord I wish she would get off his back. I’ve had it as far as emotional involvement in Mary’s life. My own needs all the attention I can give it. I called Harold Stern after I finished the letter to Peter + went down there at about 11 – Harold’s place just a little fuller + he has at the moment 3 birds – also too much work + not happy with what he’s turning out. He gave me some sample interviews. He played Conan Doyle + Rudyard Kipling for me. How extraordinary to hear those voices – I had 2 drinks there + then came home laden with material + a lovely envelope of stamps for Coco. Called Hayes + Arthur Kingsley sounded as though he were cracking up.