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“Nothing could be more beautiful than our passage down the Hudson…As we approached New York the burning heat of the day relaxed, and the long shadows of evening fell coolly on the beautiful villas we passed. I really can conceive nothing more exquisitely lovely than this approach to the city. The magnificent boldness of the Jersey shore on the one side, and the luxurious softness of the shady lawns on the other, with the vast silvery stream that flows between them, altogether form a picture which may well excuse a traveler for saying, once and again, that the Hudson river can be surpassed in beauty by none on the outside of Paradise.”

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source: Domestic Manners of the Americas (London: Whittaker, Treacher, & Co. 1832), 292.

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“Will I ever get home? It is like looking down a tremendous ski jump. The bottom is not so far away in time, but in effort and all one has to give to it, such a mighty jump.”

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source: Locked Rooms and Open Doors: Diaries and Letters of Anne Morrow Lindbergh 1933–1935 (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1974), 127.

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notes: diary entry dated Saturday, October 21, 1933

“It’s important to me to have a place to work outside of where I live. So I have always found myself an office. I go off to work as if I had a clock to punch; at the end of the day I come home as if I had just gotten off the commuter train. I need to impose a structure on myself.”

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source: The Paris Review Interviews, vol. I (New York: Picador, 2006), 383.

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notes: Originally published in Issue 138 of The Paris Review, 1996.

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