Earlier this year a friend and I started a book club. There are only six of us and we don’t always have everyone present at our get togethers, but we talk books and movies and work and life and we drink wine, always wine, and we eat yummy things.
Last month we read ‘The Picture Of Dorian Grey’ by Oscar Wilde. Except I didn’t finish it. Shhhh. I had a block. I started it while sitting in the car waiting for the clock to tick over before work and when the five pages I read in that time didn’t really grab me, I found it very hard to go back to it. And so I didn’t. And read five other books instead. Oops.
We did get together earlier this week though to watch the 1997 biopic ‘Wilde’, starring Stephen Fry. It was quite lovely and sad and funny. Mr Wilde was just ridiculously insightful and witty and clever and hilarious.
This quote appeared in the movie
Alcohol, taken in sufficient quantities, may produce all the effects of drunkenness
And this afternoon I’ve been enjoying these also
A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her.
Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.
I have nothing to declare except my genius.
I can resist everything except temptation.
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
I visited his grave when I was in Paris a couple of years ago. It was covered in lipstick kisses. These are regularly removed from the headstone by maintenance staff I believe… only to be immediately replaced by more. I love this.
UPDATE: Oh no! Glad I visited when I did – no more lipstick kisses!