Yesterday’s Dream Gig, Con’t.

Many of these stories first appeared in The New Yorker, where Harold Ross, Gus Lobrano, and William Maxwell gave me the inestimable gifts of a large, discerning, and responsive group of readers and enough money to feed the family and buy a new suit every other year.

—John Cheever, from the preface to The Stories of John Cheever (p. viii) (which I got out of the library after hearing Garrison Keillor quote the latter part of that sentence two mornings ago, on Cheever’s birthday, on The Writer’s Almanac, which also had another quote that made me want to read Cheever’s Journals).