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"For my totem, the alley cat. We share the situation of small predators who easily become prey. I have my equivalent of claws and teeth, and indeed my arched back and loud hiss are my best defenses. When I need to hide my size and weakness, I can look fiercer than I am, but when I cannot talk or threaten or argue my way out of trouble, then I am in a lot of trouble. We are scavengers in the alleys and streets of a society we do not control and scarcely influence. We survive and perish both by taking lovers. Freedom is a daily necessity like water, and we love most loyally and longest those who allow us at least occasionally to vanish and wander the curious night. To them we always return from the eight deaths before the last."

from Braided Lives by Marge Piercy

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Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1.

Title: Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1.
By: Harriet Elinor Smith, Editor.

Dear Mr. Clemens,

So nice to hear from you! As always, I enjoyed reading your recollections of work as a cub pilot on the Mississippi, and the amusing stories of life on the never ending lecture circuit. I’m so sorry about your daughter Suzy passing away; she sounds like such a wonderful person, loving charades and plays as she did, and so “full of intuitions and ponderings”. I remember visiting your house in West Hartford a few years ago, and when gazing at your personal desk, I could have sworn I saw some papers moving about, was that you still working there? I recently read that it was a couple of professors from Cal who finally deciphered the order of arrangement of the entries in this diary of yours, and that there will be two more volumes published in the future! You must be very glad about that. Why, just the other day I was telling a colleague I wish the great actor Hal Holbrook would narrate these “new” books! He does such a swell job of impersonating your mannerisms and voice, and it would be a fine audio book for listening to in the car. Certainly it would save my wrists; you would laugh at me propping this big heavy book upon a pillow! Anyway, thanks for sharing your thoughts and insights. That’s all for now.

I remain, Your Most Sincere Friend

P. S. Would you please tell Nathaniel, Herman, Emily, Scottie, and Ernest that I said hello?

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Posted by pollockl on Sept. 14, 2011 at 1:27 p.m.


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