Woman creates an NFT artwork out of Instagram messages with a celebrity.
Ahead of a visit from Hannah Arendt in 1971, Mary McCarthy purchased anchovy paste, which she knew Arendt enjoyed. When McCarthy pointed out where to find it in her cupboard, Arendt looked displeased. “She had a respect for privacy, separateness,” McCarthy later wrote. “I knew I had done something wrong in my efforts to please. She did not wish to be known, in that curiously finite and, as it were, reductive way. And I had done it to show her I knew her—a sign of love, though not always—thereby proving that in the last analysis I did not know her at all.”
Friendship itself will not stand the strain of very much good advice for very long.—Robert Wilson Lynd, 1924
More FriendshipGo to Issue Page >
Stay Updated Subscribe to the LQ Newsletter
The World in Time
Lewis H. Lapham speaks with the author of American Republics: A Continental History of the United States, 1783–1850. More