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“I feel, sometimes, like I have a map in my pocket that folds up, and I pull it out, and it’s bigger than the table, and there’s a thousand places to go with her.”

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source: Interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air, NPR, October 31, 2011. [full transcript here]

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“We headed home holding hands. For a moment I dropped back to watch him walk. His sailor’s gait always touched me. I knew one day I would stop and he would keep on going, but until then nothing could tear us apart.”

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source: describing Robert Mapplethorpe, in Just Kids (New York: Ecco, 2010), 107.

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“I love Peter as I’ve never loved anyone, and I tell myself he’s only going around with all those other girls to hide his feelings for me.”

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source: The Diary of a Young Girl: the Definitive Edition, ed. by Otto H. Frank and Mirjam Pressler and trans. by Susan Massotty (New York: Random House, 1995), 16.

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“Now I understood that the same road was to bring us together again. Whatever we had missed, we possessed together the precious, the incommunicable past.”

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source: My Ántonia (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009), 196.

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“When are you sailing so I can meet you at the dock with champagne?”

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source: letter to Elizabeth Bishop, dated April 24, 1952, in Words in Air (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010), 137.

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“Abstractly cheering thought: the millions of people around the world who will tonight sleep together for the first time.”

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source: Twitter, 2:22 PM Jan 27, 2010 via web

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“I seem to spend my life missing you.”

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source: letter to Elizabeth Bishop, dated November 10, 1969, reprinted in Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010), 655.

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“I soon realized I had made no mistake in my choice of a wife. I was helping her pack an overnight bag one afternoon when she said, ‘Put in some tooth twine.’ I knew then that a girl who called dental floss tooth twine was the girl for me. It had been a long search, but it was worth it.”

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source: Letters of E. B. White, rev. edition edited by Martha White (New York: Harper Perennial, 2007), 81.

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notes: This recollection is recorded in the notes for Chapter IV, “The Most Beautiful Decisions,” 1929–1930

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