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Book Review: Art and Madness by Anne Roiphe

Anne Roiphe is the National Book Award Finalist for Fruitful a Memoir.Her first book Digging Out(Memoir)  came out 3 years after her  rock marriage to Jack Richardson ended in 1963.Before writing 18 more books she was still living vicarously through other writers  such as Doc Humes, George Plimpton, and William  Styron.  This memoir Art and Madness covers those years where women were not
supposed to want anything beyond a home and family.  In the 1950's a career was not something you aspired to.
An respectable girl didn't aspire to a career.Anyone who has ever feel in love with pen and paper knows it's
an insatiable and unexplainable need.  I am not  rationalizing the affairs with the married writers but I do understand the need.Two things that struck me as odd one that girls were allowed to knit socks for their boyfriends in their college classes and two that so many wanted to knit socks for their boyfriends/fiancees.  They couldn't just go buy the  socks from the s…

Clenched soul by Pablo Neuruda

We have lost even this twilight Noone saw us this evening hand in hand while the blue  night dropped on the world I have seen from my window the fiesta of sunset in  the distant mountain tops Sometimes a  piece of sun burned like a coin in my hand
I remembered you with my soul clenched in that sadness of mine that you know
Where were you then? Who else was there?  Saying what?  Why will the whole of love come on me suddenly When I am sad and feel you are far away? The book fell that always closed at twilight and my blue sweater rolled like a hurt dog at my feet.
Always , always you recede through the evenings toward the twilight erasing statues