In-person 9others & Weekend Reading
Writing worth reading - 17th / 18th July 2021
A good meal with 9others — July
Wednesday 28th July (London) — details and sign-up here.
“There aren’t many iron laws of money. But here’s one, and perhaps the most important: If expectations grow faster than income you’ll never be happy with your money”.
“His biographers have a hard time, at once starved and overwhelmed, tasked with constructing a man around the spectacular evidence of this disembodied mind. The paintings offer little more in the way of knowledge. Arguments persist even about the identity of the woman known as Mona Lisa, or why Leonardo never delivered the portrait to the husband who commissioned it, if indeed it was her husband who commissioned it”.
“For three decades, we’ve followed his writing, his ambition, his outrages, his scandals. Yet the truth, for a professional Boris-watcher such as myself, is maddeningly elusive”.
“The 19th century French novelist and playwright was one of the pillars of French romantic literature, thanks in part to insane volumes of caffeine. It’s rumored that he drank 50 cups of coffee a day to stimulate his writing – sometimes more than one at a time”.
“Nearly everyone I knew from the labor camp where I’d been imprisoned two decades earlier had already been rearrested. My turn would clearly come soon”.