This ruin is inhabited

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This is a picture of my wonderfully sweet friend George Snyder. He is the boy in blue. Whatever is vexing him, I know for a fact that he has forgotten what it was. I know because I lifted this image from his blog.

Having met George very recently, I can assure you that the passage of time has done nothing to render him unrecognizable. I would know him in an instant, and so would you. But why does he get to be so lucky? He has, it seems, always had those keen sloe eyes. I, in contrast, have had to make do with the improving effects, such as they are, of increased respectability — ie, ageing.

The edifying thing about the Mitford sisters’ correspondence — to which I’ve become addicted, not least because I never knew that the D of D was so extraorder about faux modesty (quelle pièce de travaille, celle-là!) — is that you never know when Nancy is going to pop an amazing bit of Voltaire in your face. “This ruin is inhabited by a young person” — where did he say that? It is simply how I feel all the time, now that I’m sixty!

2 Responses to “This ruin is inhabited”

  1. 1904 says:

    Now at last I have achieved immortality. Had my brother not gone ahead and converted to JPEG all of Dad’s 35 mm slides, there wouldn’t be this kind of posterity, and here I always assumed what little I deserved would be posthumous!

    Don’t let that innocent look deceive you, though. Pure myopia. They’d find out when I flunked flashcards in first grade that I couldn’t see much past the end of my nose.

    But don’t think, dear friend, that we can’t see the precocious imp behind the barricade of beard that still remains. We are all still our youth behind the present’s mask; we are all our past transferred and stored (haphazardly?) in memory in the present.

    In the meantime, thanks. This was a treat to get up to. Now back to those Mitfords! G

  2. Oscar says:

    电影片名也越来越没意思。这是去年我观察到的法国电影的一个现象:法国电影的片名片名怎样?取得越来越弱智.这个印象已经有2年了。刚才坐在马桶上翻看一电影册子,又看到一个让我很反感的:我很高兴,母亲还活着。(Je suis heureux que ma mere soit vitnvae)来一起看看还有哪些有意思的片名:你会想我的 Je vais te manquer 2009/06上映你别转身 Ne te retourne pas 2009/06 上映 (苏菲玛索的新片,中文片名不要回头)有点事要和你说 Quelque chose e0 te dire 我爱过她 Je l’aimais 香奈儿之前的coco,Coco avant Chanel别释放我,我自己会来处理 。Ne me libe9rez pas je m’en charge城铁之女(地铁之女)La Fille du RER欢迎 welcome 2009/03 上映把手给我 Donne-moi la main床的另一边 De l’autre cf4te9 du lit 2009/01 上映不继续找了, 说几个映像深刻的:别告诉任何人 Ne Le Dis e0 Personne我很好,别担心 je vais bien, ne t’en fais pas很好,谢谢 Tre8s bien, merci我喜欢你很久了 Il y a longtemps que je t’aime(等我想起别的有趣的片名,再来补充和编辑。)就是很喜欢用一个句子来当片名,毫无美感,让我看到片名就不想去看。——————————电影片名是否也越来越难取?

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