Trying vainly to connect

What she does convey—here and in all her novels—is that everything is problematic; and that the human condition consists of millions and millions of people being tossed up and down the earth, trying vainly to connect but being prevented from doing so.

Bruce Chatwin on Sybille Bedford in the introduction to her A Visit To Don Otavio

At the Aster Cafe

It’s a really nice night for a patio date along the Mississippi in Minneapolis. The breeze cancels most of the heat, and the light is perfect.