Sunday, July 01, 2012
The American biologist Edward O. Wilson is quoted thus:
“Adults forget the depths of languor into which the adolescent mind decends with ease. They are prone to undervalue the mental growth that occurs during daydreaming and aimless wandering”
I was sure that there was a much earlier quote in which adolescence and the condition of languorousness were linked, by someone more literary, perhaps Waugh or Maugham, but I can't place it now.
Back in the 1990s, we used to have a poster, from one of those shops like Athena and it was a black and white photo of a young guy, wearing what looked like pyjamas but which I think were supposed to be some variation on 'rural' garb, lying in a cornfield doing absolutely nothing. R in particular had a bit of a thing for that poster and we kept it for years. So when I saw this photo for sale I couldn't really not stick my hand in my pockets for a few pounds.