Sigrid Nunez, “Mitz: The Marmoset of Bloomsbury Press” (Harper 1998)

Though she shared in the conversation and heard every word, Virginia never stopped taking in what was happening around them. A writer, said her father’s old friend Henry James, must be someone who notices everything. (So avidly did Virginia observe this rule, Leonard sometimes had to chide her in public for staring). The changing light, the changing colors of the sky, the flight of swallow and bat, when the nightingale sang and when it did not–none of this was missed by Virginia (2-3).

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