To hear him talk of it, you would never know how very good it was, except that it had the shyness about it that all non-conceited writers have when they have done something very fine,
We need more true mystery in our lives. The completely unambitious writer and the really good unpublished poem are the things we lack most at this time. There is, of course, the problem of sustenance.
To have come on all of this new world of writing, with time to read in a city like Paris where there was a way of living well and working, no matter how poor you were, was like having a great treasure given to you.
But originality can’t be fashionable, because it hasn’t as yet and the approval of the committee.’
Chloe has done that by bringing her point of view to the work. Her point of view was always what was unique and distinct about her, but the self-doubt that had crept in had somehow caused her to shift away from who she was.
‘I have to go’, I said and tried not to hear any more as I left but it was still going on and the only way I could not hear it was to be gone.
Either you had Bel Esprit or you did not have it. If you had it you would subscribe to get the Major out of the bank.If you didn’t it was too bad.
They say the seeds of what we will do are in all of us, but it always seemed to me that in those who make jokes in life the seeds are covered in better soil and with a higher grade of manure.
I really love how the learning I’m taking from the chapters of Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast connect with my day-to-day learning from other sources. Simply because I love to learn by connecting different things. In this case the same approach taken by people in very different eras to getting good work done and in using ridicule to deal with the absurd.
These people made it a comfortable café since they were all interested in each other and in their drinks or coffees, or infusions, and in the papers and periodicals which were fastened to rods, and no one was on exhibition.