|Cherry blossoms abound in Central Park. 4:45 PM. Photo: JH.|
|Thursday, April 21, 2011. Semi-sunny, yesterday in New York with temperatures hovering in the slightly chilly low 50s.
I went down to Michael’s to lunch with Barbara Goldsmith. Michael’s was its Wednesday-jammed although Barbara and I quickly fell into an intense conversation about books, the state of the world, the President, the occult (she wrote “Other Powers: The Age of Suffrage, Spiritualism and the Scandalous Victoria Woodhull”), and writing.
|Park Avenue flora.|
|I’ve been a fan of Barbara’s since her book “Little Gloria Happy at Last” was published in the late 1970s. A page turner that you can’t turn fast enough, about the childhood of little Gloria Vanderbilt.
Since then I’ve also come to know her personally, and her interests and her generosity. Barbara is one of those people who quietly goes about living a very full life of philanthropy, work and literary activism while appearing to be stress-free. She “shares” her know-how and her talents, and does so as a matter of course.
She’s long been an active member and contributor to PEN where she endowed the PEN Freedom to Write Awards, given annually to spotlight writers imprisoned for expressing their views. Of the 37 writers imprisoned, missing or tortured at the time of her award, 34 set set free.
|DPC and Barbara Goldsmith after a very busy lunch and cappuccinos at Michael's.|