The Man Was Hard on Himself

May 21, 2013 | 1 book mentioned

Hot on the heels of The New Yorker, The Paris Review is excerpting Calvino’s letters. In Monday’s entry, POSTERITY IS STUPID, the author writes the following: “Although I am small, ugly and dirty, I am highly ambitious and at the slightest flattery I immediately start to strut like a turkey.”

is a staff writer for The Millions. He lives in New York.

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