hemingWay of the Day: on nightlife

Nightlife is a funny thing. There seems to be no reason or rule that controls it. You cannot find it when you want it. And you cannot get away from it when you don’t want it. It is a European product.

from “European Nightlife: A Disease,” The Toronto Star Weekly, 15 December 1923

So true, Papa, so true! I feel like I’ve spent all my life either trying to find the party or to escape it. (Is that a metaphor for something?) This article was a charming little assessment of the nightlife scenes in a handful of European cities – not a travel guide or anything, since it’s so dated (!), but a snapshot in time of one man’s experience, at least, and well presented, and funny.

2 Responses

  1. I would love to have dinner with him. Such a funny and serious guy.

    • Oh my, he’s head and shoulders above anyone else on my list of “if you could have dinner with anybody, dead or alive…” (I would choose an alive Hemingway, please). What you said, yes. And I love the idea of the challenge of keeping him at an appropriate distance, since apparently he was so easy to fall in love with even when he was being a total a*hole and/or already married. :) I would like to see that charisma at work.

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