Hi, Eve. I grew up in your neighborhood. We moved to 9th Street when I was five, then to 12th, across from the brand-new New School, a year or so later, and then finally to 11th (bet. 5th and University) when I was eight, and lived there until 1962 or so, when I started teaching at PU. I went to City & Country School until I was 13, and so know the places you were walking in, dazed, these days. I hope the numbness has subsided some and that you are able to get back into your self and be creative. I find that Mr. Alighieri is a very helpful companion in difficult times (as he is in good ones) and, while this beautiful weather and the enthusiasm of the students, beginning a new year, make everything seem "normal," I am also aware that it is not. But perhaps we Americans are spoiled by peace and prosperity. We are used to worrying about little personal things and distant large "political" issues (what to do about Social Security, etc.). Now we are engaged in more difficult and "real" ones. We will learn to get used to them.
All best, RH
[Robert Hollander, who taught (and still teaches) the best class I ever took at Princeton, or anywhere else, for that matter. I was in his class on the Divine Comedy in 1977, I think it was, and I will value what he taught me (and continues to teach through his translations) for the rest of my life.]