eyeing the new cabinet (p. 40), i came across a quote by john fante, which resumes my aesthetic and moral conditioning. it goes:
"failure is more beautiful than success."
i love fante. he makes me want to be in l.a.
so does chandler. so does p.k.dick. so do billy wilder and sam fuller. and isherwood and auden. and schöenberg. and mike davis.
it also reminds me of another quote a friend sent me some time ago, by another fante-type last-city beatnick-post-apocalypse:
"the more crap you believe, the better off you are."