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She looks like a little bird, albeit one with a nicotine habit, harking back to a time when we, one presumes, didn't know better.
I recently went through the Everyman edition of her collected non-fiction. As good as it was, there seemed to be a definite trend from beginning to end (the pieces were in chronological order): that famous combo of worldly perspicacity and emotional delicacy seemed to gradually lessen the further you went. Then in "The Year of Magical Thinking" it all came back. I guess a hard life does make for an interesting mind. Still, I'd rather read her when she's not at her absolute best than a lot of other people at all.Also...cool pic.
Tom,That is a "before" photo. Please, post the "after" one from Wikipedia.Greetings.Vergilio
I set up a drop-in booksigning for her once- she signed for a half hour and said not a word to any of us, just "thank you" as she left.
Great writer, very good smoker
paul,I get the impression that she's almost pathologically shy, that that strong personality so apparent in her writing is almost never expressed face-to-face. Which is not to say that she mightn't learn a little better manners.
By the evidence presented she was sure as hell cool then, even if she was swinging with the National Review.
I believe portraits like that. Posed, poised, confident. I would see those when younger and think, "That's what important adults look like."
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