Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Misanthrope

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Such is this year's Halloween costume. The goal is total immersion -- not simply appearing as the character, but being the character. Inhabiting the alternative persona. Some years this is easier than others -- this year "becoming" the misanthrope shouldn't be too difficult at all.

Isn't that the most gorgeous publisher's binding? Quarter cloth, marbled sides, and the handwritten label -- it is quite a stunning combination of utilitarian elegance. (See David Pye, "The nature and art of workmanship")

reading Rombauer The Joy of Cooking
weather crisp