Milkweed 2018


I expected the letters between these two artists to be brilliant and profoundly heartbreaking. And they are. But what I didn’t the abiding and generous humor throughout, the element that, as Max Ritvo says, ‘makes our sadness rhyme with joy.’ Resisting any lesson to be found in Ritvo’s impending death, the letters between these two friends instead enact a deep and instructive compassion and pay ardent attention to what it means to continue to live a life, even one that will end tragically and too soon. In giving the world these breathtaking letters, Sarah Ruhl, with humility and humanity, goes far in preserving the legacy of Max Ritvo.

—Carrie Fountain

Letters from Max by Max Ritvo and Sarah Ruhl

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