William Maxwell to Eudora Welty, 9 August 1979:
We will be celebrating my birthday in Santa Fe, and Emmy’s birthday in Portland, Oregon, and Labor Day in Yorktown Heights, after which we are going back to the Cape for the rest of September. So far as I know. One speaks with such confidence about the future. Out of necessity, I suppose. Once you admit how unprotected by anything all human life is you are already obliged in self defense to take refuge in madness. So instead, I say, confidently, that we both look forward to hearing all about Oxford when you come to dinner in November. Or whenever.