Posts made in April, 2019

My Wobbly Bicycle, 170

Posted by on Apr 24, 2019 in Archive | 2 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 170

“Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little,” said Gore Vidal.   “Author Envy,” by William Giraldi, appears in the new  issue of Poets & Writers Magazine. I couldn’t imagine what else could be said about this subject, and I was right, but Giraldi did compile an impressive collection of other writers talking about jealousy, from Francis Bacon in 1625 to Angus Wilson and Cynthia Ozick.   “Spend enough time around writers, Giraldi writes, “and you’re certain to hear it. Often it’s barely caught at the tail of a comment, or in certain murmurings, or else heard...

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My Wobbly Bicycle, 169

Posted by on Apr 10, 2019 in Archive | 16 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 169

  I can see myself in my crib, pushing my fuzzy bunny from one side to the other, to see how it looks over there. I grew up in a very messy house, and I guess you could say that my decorating was to quell the storm. But more than that, I get aesthetic pleasure out of beautiful spaces. We had very little money when I was young, but that didn’t stop me. I painted a bookcase, I put up old curtains I found in a box. When I was in my 20s and 30s, I kept a notebook of decorating ideas. I pored over my favorite magazine, Metropolitan Home. I cut out pictures. I made a kitchen chandelier out...

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