And now a word from the man on the left of my blog header. (The jig is up!) An ex of mine kindly gave me Volume 1 of Aldous Huxley’s complete essays. I’ve been reading them. Boy, did this man have a talent for satire. Anyway, here is a favorite passage of mine:
I could give many excellent reasons for my dislike of large dinner-parties, soirées, crushes, routs, conversazioni, and balls. Life is not long enough and they waste precious time; the game is not worth the candle. Casual social intercourse is like dram-drinking, a mere stimulant that whips the nerves but does not nourish. And so on.
‘The Traveler’s-Eye View,’ Aldous Huxley