Scott McConnell is at work on a project for which he’s spending a lot of time in the archives. He sent me this gem today.
From a letter from the American poet Robert Lowell (1917-1977) to poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), June 14, 1967:
Did the late war scare you to death? It did me while it was simmering. We had a great wave of New York Jewish nationalism, all the doves turning into hawks. Well, my heart is in Israel, but it was a little like a blitzkrieg against the Commanches—armed by Russia. Nasser is like a Mussolini ruling some poverty stricken part of India. I never saw a country I would less like to stay in, yet the Egyptians were mostly subtle and sad and attractive.