To the Letter
January 9, 2019 6:41 AM Subscribe
Easter (Pascha) is a big family holiday, and I was a total stranger, a xéni. Dorothy would have cringed if she had heard me trying to keep up my end of the Easter greeting: “Christ is risen,” a person says, and you are supposed to respond, “Truly He is risen,” but I got the ending on my adverb wrong and said, “Really? He is?”—Greek to Me, Mary Queen writes in The New Yorker on the pleasures of learning a different alphabet.