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June 19, 2021


What a clear-eyed analysis of Janet Malcolm's work. I admire her writing so much, especially THE SILENT WOMAN. Always, something extra is going on--for example, a consciousness of the temper of the times (I too remember her comment about America's Victorianism lasting into the 60's--and if I could, I would produce my maternal grandparents' parlor and their attitudes in support.) And I agree that Malcolm's use of the forgotten bechamel to characterize Anne Stevenson's alleged weakness of character is arbitrary and cruel. But perhaps, as with so many (including W.B. Yeats) Malcolm's flaws enabled her strengths.

Thank you, Angela. Malcolm was quite a writer, and I had the pleasure of doing a nonfiction forum with her at the New School way back when -- 1999? 2000?

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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