Today I Shall Visit Mr. Clemens

Quotes and Notes #257, July 19

Maybe it's time to visit an old friend.

Maybe it’s time to visit an old friend.

“To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations—such is a pleasure beyond compare.”—Yoshida Kenko, “Essays in Idleness”—

In a pensive moment, the feel and fragrance of an old friend takes me back to other days and other conversations. The author has left something behind just for me. Poe lives! Twain is going to give a lecture tonight, and Proust gives advice on the nature of the perfect gift.

What shall I do on a warm Sunday afternoon? Shall I rocket myself forward into Asimov’s future foundation or would it be more fun to go back in history and see what kind of devilment Doc Holliday is getting into in Tombstone in 1881? I have plenty of coffee.

Wherever I go, I will be sure to share my smile
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

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