Thursday, March 4, 2010

' “So I cannot come to your musicale…, Mildred.” This cryptic note, from Edward Gorey to Frank O’Hara, typifies their exchanges in the late ’40s when they shared rooms at Harvard in Eliot House. Although O’Hara’s musical, artistic, and literary talents were already manifest, Gorey’s mother was suspicious about her gifted only child’s friend, writing “I know nothing about this boy except what you tell me." ' Gorey and O'Hara were roommates? Mind=blown.

Writers are the only people I know who need to trick themselves into doing what they love. Either way: this trick works.

And I thought I was the only one who feared carnival accidents.

Image: Women astronauts, animated.