Ciudad Real, Saturday XIV.VII.MMVII

The good thing about reading La Importancia de Llamarse Dolly Wilde is that I’m discovering the source of quite a few often-quoted words of wisdom. For instance, I didn’t know it was Santayana who had said ‘los que la ignoran están abocados a repetirla,’ meaning history, nor do I remember whether Ángel Antonio Herrera cited correctly Natalie Barney as the author of ‘Le duo d’amour est une invention d’opéra; en amour on ne chante que seul ou l’un après l’autre,’ in his slim volume El Falo, a book I read some years ago and which I no longer own. Another thing I’ve learnt is that Cocteau’s ‘enfants terribles’ actually existed. Or did I know this and forgot about it? I must have known, for I was a great fan of Cocteau’s in my youth and read him—and about him—profusely.

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