Tagged: 1950s

Lit rec #225: Plus, best use of a baby-sitter in a short story ever. “‘Don’t sit on your father’s chair, Amy,’ her mother said, not realizing that Amy’s legs were worn out from riding a bicycle, while her father had done nothing but sit down all day” (1953).

Welcome to a witty, classicist suburbia. His usual terrific portrayal of children too. “THE SORROWS OF GIN” by John Cheever

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Lit rec #188: As John Berryman tells it, in a Paris Review interview conducted in 1970, he was walking to a bar in Minneapolis one evening in the mid-1950s with his second wife, Anne, the two of them joking back and forth, when Berryman volunteered that he ‘hated the name Mabel more than any other female name’. Anne decided Henry was the name she found ‘unbearable’. For a long time afterwards, ‘in the most cosy and affectionate lover kind of talk … she was Mabel and I was Henry.’ (1959)

Life, friends, is boring. We must not say so.” You’ll never forget Henry after reading these. 77 DREAM SONGS by John Berryman.

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