Ed was a good friend at Yale; he lived across the tiny hallway on the fifth floor of Saybrook in our sophomore year. One of his roommates, Thane Benedict, became my roommate in graduate school. I like to recall that we decided to change Ed's name from the nominative case (She-He) to the objective case (Her-Him). And for the rest of our time at Yale Ed would answer to "Her-Him," even permitting us to introduce him to strangers as Ed Her-Him. , totally deadpan.