Reader Letters

The Best Worst Curse

To Pasha Malla,

Fuck you so very much. You wrote the best description of love I have ever seen or could hope to imagine. You made me remember and to miss what it’s like to love somebody in the real world, and to see the miracle of them looking back, somehow, with equal and greater love, at me. You hurt me by that remembering. And now I have to go out and get your stinkin’ books, and you know perfectly well I already have books way way out the ass. Endless books. So go to hell. Or better yet, no… that’s too easy. Stay… stay here, write more. That’s the best worst curse I can think of… And thanks.

John Mayfield


Rosecrans Baldwin co-founded TMN with publisher Andrew Womack in 1999. He is the author of three books, including his latest novel The Last Kid Left (NPR’s Best Books of 2017). His articles and essays appear in a variety of magazines, including GQ, Travel + Leisure and The Paris Review, and he’s written opinion pieces for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Guardian. More information can be found at his website. More by Rosecrans Baldwin

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