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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Autumn's Apple Air

Fall coaxes us to read.
The weather was crisp and clean, so fresh. It was a good day.

I'm rereading The Group by Mary McCarthy. First read it at Douglass College in Intro to Feminist Literature; really liked my professor, a young, pretty newlywed who--like the author--had attended Vassar and had stories in her pocket about the daisy chain and other traditions. I remember liking the book so much that I brought it to the laundry room in the dorm basement. Didn't want to put it down.

It's so funny. I underlined the words I didn't understand, looked them up and wrote the definition in the margin. One was enigmatic; another, sublet. Have come a long way.

Good night.

  1. 12 o'clock Mass. Priest said in homily, "Direction is more important than distance." That heading the right way is what matters, even if you have a long way to go. Like that.
  2. Walked Sug around block once and on long walk up hill over Iris Gardens.
  3. Made healthy dinner: flounder, roasted carrots, whole-wheat baguette. Nice to sit in nook with H. and Fig and eat.


  1. I just read that for the first time a year ago, Alice. So interesting!

  2. More feminist literature: sometime in the early eighties I remember reading "The Women's Room" by Marilyn French. I think I liked it. "The Group" was made into a movie that has been on television occasionally.

  3.'s a good read, isn't it?....Lin, I think I read The Women's Room, too, not 100% sure...I would love to see The Group movie, don't think I ever have. love, alice

  4. Ok, so here is possibly TMI:

    I never actually read the whole book, but there is a very well described sex scene in it that a little friend helpfully shared with me from a copy she had lifted from her mother's bedside table. This is the street corner on which I learned the facts of life, or at least how IT is done.

  5. Nan, haha that is funny! I like that. I haven't gotten to it yet, but I remember there is some scene at dr's office for diaphragm fitting, perhaps? Yes, the book is very vividly written. I hope all is well with you and yours. alice