Painting of three young children lying in a grassy field.

Arcadia, by Thomas Eakins, c. 1883. Metropolitan Museum of Art, bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot. 

Youth

Volume VII, Number 3 | summer 2014

Miscellany

Joseph Conrad recalled, “It was in 1868, when nine years old or thereabouts, that while looking at a map of Africa of the time and putting my finger on the blank space then representing the unsolved mystery of that continent, I said to myself, with absolute assurance and an amazing audacity which are no longer in my character now, ‘When I grow up I shall go there.’”

The distinction between children and adults, while probably useful for some purposes, is at bottom a specious one, I feel. There are only individual egos, crazy for love.

- Donald Barthelme, 1964

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