An autobiography is only to be trusted when...

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

I had this photo, but I had no supporting quote, no supporting anything, until I discovered these words just now in Dwight Garner's New York Times review of Christopher Hitchen's new book, Hitch-22.

The photo (this dog, so done up, so seemingly gentlemanly), the words (so possibly true, so cautionary):  they seemed an inevitable pairing:

“An autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful,” George Orwell, one of Mr. Hitchens’s literary touchstones, wrote. “A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying, since any life when viewed from the inside is simply a series of defeats.”

3 comments:

Priya said...

I love the picture (and the quote)!

Cynthia Pittmann said...

Funny photo and the quote is probably true...but people are sometimes so hard on themselves, don't you think, Beth?

Lilian Nattel said...

Great match between coat and photo.

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