Monday, 2 February 2015

through the children's gate

"You will go to these places, order the spaghetti vongole, and then..."

"And then?"

"And then at last you will be happy ," he said flatly.

The combination of an Asian sense of face with a Jewish sense of guilt may be the most powerful commercial hybrid in history.

The Running Fathers envy those who knew it all along, who were running from the first, who got existential despair early on, Larkin-like, and then had only to settle in to make things pleasant while they waited, like condemned men decorating a cell.

I have an interest in this, as someone whose entire wealth, or, rather, whose entire weight of optimistic debt, is sunk into the city..

Today I finished Adam Gopnik's Through the Children's Gate. It's one of the more poetic reads I've enjoyed in awhile. I don't necessarily agree with everything he writes, but his prose is unbelievable - how can one string sentences together like that?

Now waiting for 'Paris to the Moon'..

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