Sunday, July 19, 2009


More from Logan Pearsall Smith

Excerpts from Logan Pearsall Smith, All Trivia: Trivia, More Trivia, Afterthoughts, Last Words (New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1945):

Pp. 68-69 (Consolation, in Trivia, Book II):
The other day, depressed on the Underground, I tried to cheer myself by thinking over the joys of our human lot. But there wasn't one of them for which I seemed to care a button—not Wine, nor Fame, nor Friendship, nor Eating, nor Making Love, nor the Consciousness of Virtue. Was it worth while then going way up in a lift into a world that had nothing less trite to offer?

Then I thought of reading—the nice and subtle happiness of reading. This was enough, this joy not dulled by Age, this polite and unpunishable vice, this selfish, serene, life-long intoxication.
P. 177 (from Myself, in Afterthoughts):
People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.
P. 192 (from Last Words):
Give me a bed and a book and I'm happy.

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