Guy Davenport to James Laughlin:

Jonathan Williams is coming to town next week. I've been summoned to a drinks-before-dinner at Guy Mendes's, where I will scarcely get a chance to talk with him. He requires a royal court -- about 30 people are invited to dinner afterwards. Whereas I am a hermit. Bonnie Jean and I consider more than four people in a room to be a replay of the French Revolution. Jonathan used to stay here, but it has been years since he has. He wrecks the house, the beds, and is as demanding as a five-year-old. Why are people so peculiar?

ad interim, Guy