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“Eric Gill came. I was so glad to meet him so as now to dispel my ungenerous feelings towards him derived from what has always seemed to me in his art a pseudo-religious attitude towards copulation, and a pseudo-copulatory attitude towards religion” – John Fothergill, An Innkeeper’s Diary


“Will Rothenstein once asked me what my father did, and I told him he spent most of his time thinking out the proper thing to do and say; surely enough work for two men. Indeed many times since I took this Inn I have felt ashamed of working for a living; such reactionary feeling was confirmed by a sentence I read recently in one of the Upanishads, ‘and work, that vile thing,‘ – for when work is imposed upon you, you get boggled or disgruntled or hardened and behave ill to others and especially yourself.” – John Fothergill, An Innkeeper’s Diary


“At any rate I emerged a robust and healthy child, but became a persistent bed-wetter. Psychology, I believe, has abandoned a theory it once held that bed-wetting is a kind of unconscious revenge mechanism; I am sorry if that is so, for it seems to me an amusing notion that I might have been pissing upon a world that had not accorded me the whole-hearted welcome my ego required.” – J.R. Ackerley, My Father and Myself


“Both were viewed by contemporaries as sweet-natured, disorganized, inquisitive, bright but lacking obvious direction- the kind of guys who might turn up at their fifteenth high school reunions with surprising facial hair and a complicated life story” – Michael Lewis, The Big Short


“Never play cards with a man named Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom’s. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own.” – Nelson Algren, A Walk on the Wild Side (and epigraph to Russell Hoban’s ‘Amaryllis Night and Day’)


“There was a photograph of Mussolini in the front of the book. It was a little hard to recognize him because he was not hanging upside down from a light post.” – Richard Brautigan, A Confederate General From Big Sur


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