“The late 1920s were an age of islands, real and metaphorical. They were an age when Americans by thousands and tens of thousands were scheming to take the next boat for the South Seas or the West Indies, or better still for Paris, from which they could scatter to Majorca, Corsica, Capri or the isles of Greece. Paris itself was a modern city that seemed islanded in the past, and there were island countries, like Mexico, where Americans could feel that they had escaped from everything that oppressed them in a business civilization. Or without leaving home they could build themselves private islands of art or philosophy; or else – and this was a frequent solution – they could create social islands in the shadow of the skyscrapers, groups of close friends among whom they could live as unconstrainedly as in a Polynesian valley, live without moral scruples or modern conveniences, live in the pure moment, live gaily on gin and love and two lamb chops broiled over a coal fire in the grate. That was part of the Greenwich Village idea, and soon it was being copied in Boston, San Francisco, everywhere.” By Malcome Cowley, Exile Return.
“Howard [Stevenson] smiled impishly, as if he’d lured me into a trap on the chessboard—a trap he now sprung. “Ah, yes, all his socialactivities, his community engagement, his golf… On the surface, sure, his life looks well-rounded—three dimensional, if you will. But I’d be willing to bet a platterful of roast beef sandwiches that his life was in fact, ‘pseudo three-D’…[A]ll of if was—whether he knew it or not—part of his strategy for pursuing financial success, not distinct elements of a well-rounded life. An extension of one dimension that appears to be multifaceted—three dimensional—but really isn’t, Pseudo three-D.” By Eric C Sinoway
“Some people only go to church for the social life. They like having all the friends in church or getting the praises of men by doing certain things, but they don’t go there to actually worship God. They go there so others can worship THEM instead.” By Lisa Barick.
–>“Sometimes I think that it would be better to spend natural carefree life as animals do than constrained social life as we do. Simple food, open-air life, free sexual relations without any complicated moralities, ethics, there is no past, no future; there is only present moment and only simple natural will to get pleasure in that moment. Could you imagine any animal being worried what it would eat, where it would live tomorrow, whether it would live or die a few minutes later? Really amazing! Not only the thought of death, but also what would happen afterdeath fears us. Oh my God, where I would travel — to the Heaven, or to the Hell?!”
By Elmar Hussein.
–>“Ms Roache’s been marred by politics and she doesn’t realize it. Luckily, there’s much more to life and to friendship than one’s party affiliation. Arts, sports, food are just some of the nobler interests we may share with people. Often, the only thing we share with someone is experiences, or “history” — those are, in a sense, our deepest friendships.
Politics already affects my affairs much more extensively than I’d be willing to allow. I refuse to let it take over my social life as well.”
By Massimiliano Trovato
Misocial life…all eyes on you!