In Mississippi: A Diamond Jubilee

A few years ago, Anne Tyler was interviewing Eudora Welty, and they got on the subject of driving. Welty, who was getting up in age, allowed that she continued to drive but that she found propelling herself off the approach ramp onto superhighways particularly difficult, like insinuating yourself into a game of hot pepper, the furiously fast jump-rope play that still goes on in schoolyards everywhere. The sharpness of the image suggested a writer's mind at work, which in fact was the case.

A few days ago (April 13, to be exact), Eudora Welty...

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