"It has, as you read, the feel of a story dashed off by one friend for the express cackling amusement of another, a very particular Ideal Reader. The writing has a kind of glissading bumptious kangaroo splendor as it moves along but that beauty doesn’t seem summoned to formally impress so much as delight. The tone is jaunty and benevolently wicked: ‘Here we are at the end of everything. I have a beard, you have a wig! HAHAHAHAHAHA!’"
Carrie gave me a copy of Leonora Carrington’s wonderful The Hearing Trumpet for a pretty heavy birthday a couple years ago, and now she’s written about the friendship behind the book, in “How To Be Old: Two Women, Their Husbands, Their Cats, Their Alchemy”
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