Tuesday, 31 December 2013
141 Rue de Rennes
December 28 1963
...De Gaulle's victory did not cheer my Christmas. As you probably know, he's increasing the censorship on news, which already was stringent enough. Milosz's son was arrested during a student demonstration, actually he was simply passing by and stopped to see what was happening. For some reason, they released him, but all the other foreign students who were arrested were deported the next day*. I didn't see a word of this in the Monde, which did cover the demonstration. On television there was no mention of the demonstration - the principal event of the day.
Dear Hannah, a Happy New Year to you. I wish time would roll back and that we were going to your New Year's Eve party and Tillich and Bertha would get drunk.
My deepest love to you, and Jim sends his warmest affection to you both,
* This event was incorporated into McCarthy's next novel, Birds of America.
Sunday, 22 December 2013
Your mother and I have decided to get a divorce. If it suits you, I would like to come to New York and live with you. That is, if you are not otherwise encumbered. I could make myself useful, do the shopping and cooking for you. We might look for a little flat together. Your mother will keep the farm. My mental health is excellent.
Your obedient servant and loving father,
Henry L. K. Andrews
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
Sunday, 17 November 2013
Thursday, 14 November 2013
Re- posted and pictorially updated : The Company We Keep: Mary McCarthy and the Mythic Essence of Vassar By Meghan Daum 92
The Company We Keep: Mary McCarthy and the Mythic Essence of Vassar
"The essence of Vassar is mythic. Today, despite much competition, it still figures in the public mind as the archetypal women's college … For different people, in fact, at different periods, Vassar can stand for whatever is felt to be wrong with the modern female: humanism, atheism, Communism, short skirts, cigarettes, psychiatry, votes for women, free love, intellectualism." – "The Vassar Girl," Holiday, 1951
"There is too much talk, too many labels for things, too much pseudo-cleverness. I suppose I'll get that way, too, though I'm doing my best to avoid it." – letter to Ethel "Ted" Rosenberg, childhood friend, November 1, 1929 (McCarthy's freshman year)
"I've been working on a novel for years, it's about eight Vassar girls, called The Group. It's about the idea of progress. There are these eight girls that go through the book and who are subjected to all the progressive ideas of their period, in architecture, design, child-bearing, home-making, contraception and so on. It's kind of a technological novel about the woman's sphere . . . The novel's told from the point of view of these eight individual girls—though of course their mothers are all there too, large figures from the past, and the girls are sitting on their ample laps like little dolls on the lap of a great big Madonna . . . Well, I'm afraid the mothers are better than the daughters. The mothers sort of belong to the full suffragette period with its great amplitude—you know, women smoking cigarettes in holders and dancing the cha-cha—and the girls are rather tinny in comparison with the mothers, I'm afraid. This wasn't my intention to start with but that's what does seem to have emerged." – Interview in Vogue, 1963