Empty Days

Sunday, May 08, 2005



Q.C.

Today I read some stuff about Quentin Crisp on the internet and I especially liked one story about him: that he supposedly left his name and address in the NYC telephone book for all to see and felt it his duty to welcome anyone who cared to contact him. Not a small challenge even for such a notorious socialite.

Three years ago I received a tentative post-card from an old classmate of mine who used to admire me for my culture and I don't know what else. I didn't have the guts to respond, partly because I was really depressed at the time, but mostly because I was afraid she might be disappointed at how I've changed. And of course that was a very wrong reaction - I should take up whatever opportunity the winds of life bring about, it's not up to me to judge how it might turn out or why people want me around. Quentin obviously was brave enough to realize that it was never up to him to judge these things.

But I am not known for my courage, to say the least.

And another thing: hospitality is a form of humility.





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