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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Something Inspired Someone Else Said

"Then, knees touching, neck muscles relaxing, brow drying in the cold dry air, we should drink. Certain things were put upon this earth for our enjoyment, and it’s wasteful and wicked to condemn them," -Barbara Holland, "in praise of the happy hour, the darkened bar, and the winding down of the day".

The New Yorker article I took the quote from begins thusly:

A few weeks ago, the headline of an obituary in the Times caught my eye: “Barbara Holland, Defender of Small Vices, Dies at 77.” A “defender of small vices”—what a fine title by which to be remembered, the kind of informal, appointed job that you didn’t know exists but then seems essential once you do.
I never knew Ms. Holland, nor did I even know of her before today, and although we were divided by forty years and a vast swath of the United States I already consider her a kindred spirit. In Endangered Pleasures I think I may have just found the next submission for my book club.

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2 comments:

tnlib said...

Sounds like my kind of gal.

AYATOLLAH TRUTHMENI 101 said...

I have no vices to be ashamed of JBW. When I made myself an ayatollah I issued an edict declaring any vices I had to no longer be vices but quirks that honor Allah. Or Buddah. Or The Earth Mother or Zoroaster or nothing at all. As long as you don't smell or interupt what's on television I'm okay with it.