Sunday, March 14, 2010

Thank you, Jim Tharp!

Jim Tharp sent me The Fran Lebowitz Reader and it was such a relaxing, well-crafted distraction. Both classic and nostalgic, a few quotes leapt out for sharing and as tribute to Jim:

On Communism – “The common good is not my cup of tea – it is the uncommon good in which I am interested…” (35)

On Popular Music – "We attired ourselves in shiny garments so as to accurately reflect the hopes and dreams of the general public. We entered elevators, cars, planes, telephones, and just about every place you couldn’t think of. We were an inescapable influence on the culture and inspired a fanatical devotion, for we made a joyful noise unto the bored." (122)

On Nature – “Now, nature, as I am only too well aware, has her enthusiasts, but on the whole, I am not to be counted among them. To put it rather bluntly, I am not the type who wants to go back to the land – I am the type who wants to go back to the hotel.” (233)

On Apartment Hunting in Downtown New York – “Tuesday: Let desperation get the best of me and went to see an apartment described as “interesting.” “Interesting” generally means that it has a skylight, no elevator and they’ll throw in the glassine envelopes for free. This one was even more interesting than usual because, the broker informed me, Jack Kerouac had once lived here. Someone’s pulling your leg, I told him; Jack Kerouac’s still living here.” (276)

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