AN ESSAY IN ATTITUDES
Years ago, before I was properly paying attention to such things, I saw a brief segment on TV about Beard, which I remembered because he seemed so dashing and handsome and had this wonderful scrapbook he was putting together of his life, which the Wikipedians describe as follows:"Page after page is covered with photographs of women, transcribed telephone messages, marginalia in India ink, clippings from the daily newspapers, dried leaves and insects, old sepia-toned photographs, drawings of animals and people by Kikuyu artists, quotes by Joseph Conrad, found objects, images of decaying elephant carcasses, and sometimes, Beard’s own blood."Which is pretty much what I remembered of it. I have from time to time tried to put something like that for myself, but, having no access to decaying elephant carcasses, I of course have failed.
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