She had nothing, in short, to recommend her, but being an excellent walker. I shall never forget her appearance this morning. She really looked almost wild.

Mrs. Hurst, on Elizabeth, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

Even Americans who have remained hostile to the Village have been fascinated by it because it has been a kind of laboratory in which a nation at once dedicated to militant individualism and to middle-class conformity could witness attempts to overcome that paradox.

Republic of Dreams by Ross Wetzsteon (548).

I decided that if I worked at a job I was poor, but if I painted, I just didn’t have any money.

Willem de Kooning, in Republic of Dreams by Ross Wetzsteon (524).

To be loused up by [Delmore Schwartz] was really a kind of privilege. It was like being the subject of a two-nosed portrait by Picasso.

Saul Bellow, in Republic of Dreams by Ross Wetzsteon (490).

‘Did you get any monogrammed stuff you don’t want?’ If he said yes, I’d hurry ‘round and we’d exchange initialed presents.

Cary Grant on his Christmas tradition with Clark Gable (x)

“Cary was a cheapskate” is my favourite thread in his life.

turnabout replied to your quote: “He began to use his then revolutionary violation…

This is the one about Greenwich Village, right? I think I read it years ago, is good

Republic of Dreams: Greenwich Village: The American Bohemia, 1910-1960 isn’t really a good book so much as a collection of interesting stories and interesting characters. Kind of like reading extended Wikipedia pages for every artist who worked and lived in Greenwich Village during the first half of the last century.

But last night, when I flipped to the end to see how many more pages I had to go (less than a hundred), I discovered the author, Ross Wetzsteon, died before he could finish it. What’s published is something more like a third draft than the final and revised version. So I can forgive how it reads like a collection of celebrity profiles, rather than a non-fiction narrative.

He began to use his then revolutionary violation of the rules of capitalization under the equal influence of the ancient Greek poets and the Krazy Kat comic strip.

on e.e. cummings, from Republic of Dreams by Ross Wetzsteon (452).

It’s awfully hard to work in Paris. Everyone just sits around and says, ‘Gosh, isn’t it great to be here!’

Djuna Barnes, in Republic of Dreams by Ross Wetzsteon (441).