Pierre-Louis Flouquet (Belgian, 1900-1967), Les lettres, 1920. Pencil and watercolour on paper, 30 x 26.5 cm.
Late 19th century publisher’s cloth bindings highlighted and titled in gilt
The last days of Pompeii by Lord Lytton
early 20th century paper back edition
Two-Minute Personality Test
By Jonathan Safran Foer
What’s the kindest thing you almost did? Is your fear of insomnia stronger than your fear of what awoke you? Are bonsai cruel? Do you love what you love, or just the feeling? Your earliest memories: do you look though your young…
We would rather be ruined than changed
We would rather die in our dread
Than climb the cross of the moment
And let our illusions die.
—W.H. Auden (via observando)
I wonder how many people in this city
live in furnished rooms.
Late at night when I look out at the buildings
I swear I see a face in every window
looking back at me,
and when I turn away
I wonder how many go back to their desks
and write this down.