Silver Linings (61) On Doing Battle (In Gratitude) With Life’s Irreducible Darkness

Over the weekend, Erin, in London, sent me this powerful, heartening essay entitled "Why Some of Us Thrive in a Crisis" by Vivian Gornick. In it, Gornick turns to Natalia Ginzburg in search of some understanding of what is happening to us in this very strange time. Ginzburg speaks to me at all times, but …

I will be talking with Rachel Cusk at the New York Public Library on April 2 at 7pm

I have the amazing honor of being Rachel Cusk's "conversation partner" at the NYPL! I am a great admirer of Rachel's writing and we share a passion/obsession for the work of Natalia Ginzburg. Rachel wrote an excellent introduction to Ginzburg's Little Virtues, a collection of stunning and groundbreaking essays. "My Vocation" and "He and I" are …