Saturday, March 10, 2012

23 November 2000, on Bench up the Slope, with Stray Cat that had Hung Around for the Past 20 days

A picture of exhaustion. At 65, this week in 2000, the question was whether (while enduring surgeries and postponing others) I could revise the Norton Anthology of American Literature while completing the Norton Critical Edition of Moby-Dick in time for the Sesquicentennial (and in time for Hayford to be able to hold a copy) and still have the energy left to complete the second volume of the Melville biography. This was not a sure thing--look at William Manchester's inability to complete the Churchill.

The stray cat, Scalini, is alive and well and in command. The other two are alive and well and obedient.

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