One of my very favorite people dislikes publicity to the exact degree that I admire her: immensely. A careful, thoughtful editor by temperament and trade, she taught me how to eat, speak, read, write, museum-go, and travel internationally... six of my all-time greatest pastimes. Though I couldn't hope to match her knowledge, natural skill, and intuitive elegance in any of those activities, it has been an abiding pleasure to fall short in her shadow for these many, happy years. In my case, 'born lucky' is a magnificent understatement.
She recommends Andrea Barrett's National Book Award winning collection, Ship Fever, most especially the story "Rare Birds."
(Matisse, Woman with Folded Hands, 1918.)