W.S. Merwin: I came out here in the ’60s to do a reading over at the university and I fell in love with it. But it was kind of unreal to me, and then I came back again a few years later, and I spent longer, and I got to meet people, and a teacher in particular that I really wanted to see more of. My marriage had broken up in France years before, and my former wife wanted to live in my house over there, so I let her stay there, and I didn’t have anywhere to live except a little tiny apartment in New York. I decided that I just wanted to spend more time out here, and little by little I got hooked. Quite fast, in fact.