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“When a friend tried to compliment him on [The Easter Parade]’s “consistent symbolism” […] Yates was almost aggressively dismissive—as he put it, the book was “autobiography” rather than “allegory”: “Emily Fucking Grimes is me,” he laughed.”A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard Yates by Blake Bailey
“Yates responded to this latest rejection by calling [Gordon Lish] on the phone and abusively accusing him of favoring only “name” writers; finally he threatened to “get on a plane and shoot [Lish].”A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard Yates by Blake Bailey
“While pondering suicide Cheever was his old jovial self among friends, though one day Ettlinger spotted him walking along First Avenue. About to say hello, he suddenly noticed the haunted look on Cheever’s face—”such a powerful expression of sadness”—that he quickly ducked behind a building until his friend had passed.”Cheever: A Life by Blake Bailey (via heheheheheheheeheheheehehe)
“Many years later, after Cheever had stopped drinking, he often assuaged his melancholy by gorging on cheese and crackers […]”Cheever: A Life by Blake Bailey (via heheheheheheheeheheheehehe)