A twelve-year-old steals his parents’ credit card and gets on a plane to Bali.
Reverie, by Hubert Denis Etcheverry, c. 1930. © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY.
Volume VIII, Number 4 | fall 2015
A Spanish gallant in the sixteenth century who followed the contemporary fashion of padding his trunk-hose with quantities of bran was surprised to learn while entertaining ladies that a nail on his chair had opened a hole in his hose, and bran had started trickling out. The ladies laughed. He continued, encouraged, but bran soon was pouring forth. The ladies’ laughter increased. Finally, the gallant noticed the bran, bowed, and left in shame.
Glamour cannot exist without personal social envy being a common and widespread emotion.—John Berger, 1972
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