Calvino on America

Image of the young Italo Calvino with quote: “America … is the land of the richness of life, of the fullness of every hour in the day, the country which gives you the sense of carrying out a huge amount of activity, even though in fact you achieve very little, the country where solitude is impossible.”
Seriously…I think I must be the only American to think of him in the last 30 years….


“In late 1959, 36-year-old Italo Calvino received “one of these marvelous grants” from the Ford Foundation and left Italy to travel around America for six months, “without any obligations whatsoever,” as one of seven young writers from seven different countries. (Whatever happened to those “marvelous grants” in our day?)” – Read more from Maria Popova on


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