criticism. decorum. innards. bric-a-brac. nostalgia. nausea. polemics. diatribes. litanies. symphonies. polaroids.


January 28, 2012 at 6:54pm

If White could have been here today, he wouldn’t have been here.

— Roger Angell at E.B. White’s funeral, on his stepfather’s dislike of public gatherings [10.26.85].

September 21, 2010 at 1:18pm

New York blends the gift of privacy with the excitement of participation; and better than most dense communities it succeeds in insulating the individual (if he wants it, and almost everybody wants or needs it) against all enormous and violent and wonderful events that are taking place every minute. Since I have been sitting in this miasmic air shaft, a good many rather splashy events have occurred in town. A man shot and killed his wife in a fit of jealousy. It caused no stir outside his block and got only small mention in the papers. I did not attend.

— E.B. White, 1949.