RAY CAVANAUGH (Dear Mr. Unabomber) is known to take astonishingly long walks. He has a rather distinctive gait, because his legs are quite uncoordinated. His nickname is Noodles, assigned to him because a freakish wingspan and slim physique make for arms that look like noodles.

He applies tons of heart, boundless enthusiasm, and all the intangibles to writing “Celtic Scribes,” a column about dead Irish writers, which has appeared in publications from London to Vancouver.