Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Poverty and Privilege--1940s quilts and proofs of MOBY-DICK

I am working with proofs of a very great book on an old oak swivel chair at an 8 foot long fold-down leaf on piano hinges. To get my feet at the right height I am using two quilts my mother sewed together in the 1940s from feed sacks, old pants, and flour sacks. The quilts were not so ragged in early 1957, when I first read MOBY-DICK in 11 afternoons while lying on a cot to let the pneumo-peritoneum settle down (air pumped in the belly to help let tubercular lesions crust over).  Now, great privilege to be proofing this book.

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