Václav Havel, Disturbing the Peace
“The attempt to devote oneself to literature alone is a most deceptive thing, and often, paradoxically, it is the literature that suffers for it.”
Václav Havel, Disturbing the Peace
“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set I go into the other room and read a book.”
Note from Nick. My local bookstore is Book Soup in West Hollywood, and I look forward to its reopening. You never know who might be working there. I once purchased a copy of Disco Bloodbath when James St. James, the author of the book, was manning the cash register, which he kindly inscribed to me. Another time, Oliver North's former secretary Fawn Hall was behind the counter. From her, I purchased a copy of Barbara Walter's memoir, Audition, as a gift for my mother on Mother's Day. It was one of those "meta" experiences that occur with surprising regularity in Los Angeles. Fawn Hall had been interviewed by Walters and was referenced in the book.
“Claudia...remembered that when she'd had her first baby she had realised with astonishment that the perfect couple consisted of a mother and child and not, as she had always supposed, a man and woman.”
Alice Thomas Ellis, The Other Side of the Fire
Image Credit: Le Bon Ton, 1910-1950, Mode, Theater, und Gesellschaft
“The difficulty of understanding human illusion is the difficulty of discovering its premises, the logic of the illogical.”
Arthur Miller, Timebends, A Life
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“You have no idea how hard it is to live out a great romance.”
The Duchess of Windsor, The Duchess of Windsor
“My entire life is now devoted to appearing on television: a pleasant alternative to real life.”
Gore Vidal, In Bed with Gore Vidal
It could be said that this 20th Century playwright is "no Oscar Wilde." What is his name?
HINT: His work and personality resembled that of Oscar Wilde, but unlike Wilde, he sometimes appeared in the plays he wrote.
The answer is after the JUMP.
“In my grandparents’ time, the grounds of [Ferrières] were looked after by a veritable battalion of gardeners—fifty of them. A famous story was told about my grandmother who, while visiting friends one autumn day, was enraptured by the sight of a lawn strewn with fallen leaves. ‘It’s magnificent! How beautiful!’ she exclaimed, ‘but where do you get them from?’ It seems, of course, that she had never had the occasion to see a dead leaf on a lawn not even on a path. The story is too good to be true, but it is one of the family legends that continues to be told, half-smilingly, but also half-believed.”
Guy de Rothschild, The Whims of Fortune
“Michael and Katherine Govan [are] the most attractive New York couple. She is Katherine Ross, a vice-president at Prada. Michael is so smooth, so articulate, that he could run for political office. He reminds me—with his natural charm and good looks—of a young J.F.K., Jr.”
André Leon Talley, A.L.T. 365+
When André Leon Talley's A.L.T. 365+ went to press in 2005, Michael Govan and Katherine Ross were based on the East Coast. In 2006, they relocated to Los Angeles where he became CEO and and Director of Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). He has introduced a touch of Hollywood glamour to the once staid museum, while also adding to its prestige and international reputation.
“When the first guest arrives, I go to my own party.”
Betsy Bloomingdale, R.S.V.P., Menus for Entertaining from People Who Really Know How
In 2016, Tom Ford purchased Betsy Bloomingdale's Holmby Hills home, famed for its spectacular garden, divine parties, and unique place in Los Angeles social history. A perfect host gift for Ford (should anyone be fortunate enough to require one) would be the copy of Mouna Ayoub, A Voyage Round a Collector that Ayoub warmly inscribed to Bloomingdale. Given the fashion designer's avocation, this book—a retrospective of Ayoub's collection of haute couture—would be just perfect for him. It is available via the Nick Harvill Libraries store.
See Also: When Betsy Met Mouna
Image Credit: Nan Kempner's R.S.V.P., Menus for Entertaining from People Who Really Know How