Rio, August 27th, 1963Dear May:
I gave Betty Theodorides the samba record for you, and put a note in it—thought
she was mailing it airmail.
However–she decided to take it with her on the boat–so you’ll be hearing from her on the
telephone around the the
20th of September, I think —whenever the S S Brazil gets
It sailed yesterday, but goes first to
Buenos Aires, back here again, etc. The trouble is that now I can’t remember what
I’ve written you and what
I haven’t!–I think I did write you about
Lota’s having been in the hospital,
etc. –and the note with the record wasn’t news, just information about the samba–
Lota is recovering and went back to work two weeks ago–much too soon. But there was a big show at the Museum of Modern Art here–models, airplane photographs, etc., of all her "job"–It opened last week and was a huge success– almost 5,000 people– the most attendance by far they’ve ever had. So it does look as though all her work had not been in vain and that some of the public is with her – Then early Sunday morning she and the Governor opened, of all things, the two big circles–with grass, benches, etc–for model–aireoplane flying called aereo modelismo
Will you send me a copy of your Spoon River Anthology? Among the cast–off magazines Betty T left is a Harper’s Bazaar – with the D Thomas piece about Masters, mentioning your selection. (The rest of the magazine seems to prove that the thing these days is too look like a thus–weird isn’t it.) I didn’t think Masters had been quite so neglected as they seem to think–seems to me he was always popping up– I’d love to see what you say–
pas you are off at Wellfleet now
? –looking at the same ocean. I am–
hope you have a nice vacation there– where do you stay?
Oh–I have three new birds–Betty T had about 20 and gave them all away except one lonely little yellow & green creature she handed to me at the last minute — It turns out to be a female wild canary and I think I’ll have to get it a husband. Then I couldn’t resist a pair of Bica Lacquas — (Lacquer beaks–or maybe sealing–wax beaks – the word’s the same ) — I wish I could send you a pair and I wonder if they import them. They’re the most adorable bird I know–about 3" long, including the tail — extremely delicate; bright red bills and narrow bright red masks. The male has a sort of mandarin drooping moustache–
Link to the image of this letter.Much love,Elizabeth.