Faye Ginsburg, Barbara Myerhoff and Barbro Klein in New York
"Friendship is perhaps the single most intense preoccupation and passion of my life. In fact it is probably the only activity concerning which I would claim real expertise and natural talent. I have four friends of more than thirty years, two of thirty-five years?they are vital not relics...Women do this so much more passionately and persistantly that when I think about how grateful I am for belonging to my own sex, what I prize most is the freedom the society gives women to develop relatedness and friendship [with each other]....
"I once thought of giving workshops to men, to teach them about friendship; how to gossip; how to write thank you notes, how to cry, of course; how to exchange clothes and secrets; how to send little gifts, and touch each other lightly and sweetly in passing."
1. Barbara Myerhoff, Letter to Ron, 5 February 1980, Academic/Friendship Correspondence, Box 55, Barbara Myerhoff Papers, U of Southern California.