to a successful interview with the painfully shy E.B. White, a beautiful, nineteen
year old, blue-eyed blonde from the cornfields of Iowa lands a job as a
receptionist at the New Yorker magazine. There she stays two decades,
becoming general all-around factotum, watching and registering the comings and
goings, marriages and divorces, scandalous affairs, failures, triumphs, and
tragedies of the eccentric inhabitants of the eighteenth floor. Though she
dreamed of becoming a writer, she never advanced at the magazine.
memoir of a particular time and place is as much about why that was so as it is
about Groth’s fascinating relationships with John Berryman, Joseph Mitchell,
Muriel Spark, as well as E.J. Kahn, Calvin Trillin, Renata Adler, Peter
DeVries, Charles Addams, and many other New Yorker contributors and
bohemian denizens of Greenwich Village in its heyday. Eventually, Groth would
have to leave the New Yorker in order to find herself. Download and start listening now!