Letters, Jan. 7, 1946

Very Funny

Sirs:

I shall now tell you something very funny.

After a while will come a night when those intelligences on other stars will turn away from their eyepieces with marked scientific pleasure and note down the coming of another Nova to this universe.

Down here, after the flash of light has passed and the wind that flattens the redwoods has swept by and the sound has burst off toward emptiness, the ether will stop swirling and crash back in its place again. Thomas Mann and Alfred Einstein and Robinson Jeffers and Harry Truman...

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