The Odd Woman and the City
- Vivian Gornick
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New York friendships are an education in the struggle between devotion to the melancholy and attraction to the expressive.
On the very last day of my twenties I married a scientist, a man of brooding temperament who had taken eighteen years to complete his dissertation.
The plates were gold-rimmed china, the wineglasses thin crystal, the forks heavy silver. The food was delicious, but there wasn’t enough of it. The wine, however, flowed.
As the tone, syntax, and vocabulary of this group were foreign to me, I did not at first grasp the banality of the conversation. People introduced subjects in order to allude, not to discuss.
She took lovers easily and frequently,