Friday, March 20, 2009

Bacon sense

“Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse.”
“If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.”
-- Francis Bacon

“Sizzle, crackle, pop!”
-- Bacon

I feel as though, fashion and possessions are becoming too big a part of this. So I’m going to dedicate at least 10 posts in a row to matters of etiquette, entertainment and eadibles.

Here’s three pieces of advice:
1. Resolve yourself to have no unqualified opinions. If you haven’t seen a particular film, read a particular book, or listened to the complete contents of a particular album. You can’t have an opinion on it. And don’t be too confident in your opinion until you’ve studied and cultivated it. Even then, don’t offer it unsolicited. “I enjoyed it.” is a fact. “It’s sucked.” is an opinion.

2. When at a diner party or social event, make a point of sitting next to someone you don’t know very well if at all. Initiate a conversation with them. Ask a lot of questions and do a lot of listening.

3. Eat bacon with your breakfast. And if you have time, fry up some potatoes in the leftover grease. But don’t eat either after 11:00 am.

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