Marginalia, no.209

She was a lifelong conservative and member of the Republican Party.

~ Wikipedia entry for Ginger Rogers

Certain people seem always to have known who they are and what they’re about. It’s tempting for persons like me – persons who feel like we’re being constantly reintroduced to ourselves – to write them off as creatures of frigid imagination, unseduceable to the vital possibilities. I’m sure that’s wrong. But descriptions like the above (even sans the absurdity of a ‘Party Affiliation’ line on Baby Ginger’s birth certificate) never convince. Human is the only thing we can spend our whole life being – and that only by luck and hard work.

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