Imagined Conversations (4.28.14)

A: It’s just that yesterday she had a small crisis. She is recovering from an operation. She doesn’t feel well.
B: Unforgivable behavior… I just assumed it would be all roses. She signed a letter of resignation?

23 April (1961): Italo Calvino to Mario Socrate

I’d be ready to declare myself a follower of the cosmic literary movement for a period of six months, maybe even a year, accepting its directives in a disciplined way (that is to say not only drawing them up but also carrying them out). Not for any longer than that; literary tendencies only count if they are of short duration…

16 April (1910): Edith Wharton to Morton Fullerton

It is a cruel & capricious amusement. —It was not necessary to hurt me thus! I understand something of life, I judged you long ago, & I accepted you as you are, admiring all your gifts & your great charm, & seeking only to give you the kind of affection that should help you most, & lay the least claim on you in return…