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Looking for advice [26 Jun 2005|02:15am]

Dear friends,

I am planning an elegant party, on occasion of my birthday next month. Tonight I've made the reservations at a fine café, called Pipe si carti [Pipes and Books] – it's a lovely place. They have three rooms, and I've bespoken the one with the upright piano. They only serve drinks, but they are perfectly fine with my bringing finger food and a birthday cake: the lady even offered to keep it in the fridge.

As for the music, proper dress and atmosphere, I think I can manage, and I have a few ideas. The issue that troubles me, however, is that I'm not sure how to entertain my guests. We'll be some 20 people.

I am thinking of inviting two musician friends, so I hope we will have some fine singing and piano playing, but other than that... Sadly, none of us are yet knowledgeable in ballroom or social dancing, and we wouldn't have the space anyhow... Are there any elegant society games or other activities that you would recommend?

Looking forward to your ideas and thanking you in advance!

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Andre Gide [26 Jun 2005|11:52am]
To my esteem'd collegues:

I have recently discovered, much to my shock and delight, the history of the uncle of a close family friend. His name was Samson deBrier, author of the quote "Beauty and Art never were for the masses." Besides being a noted warlock, and famous throughout Hollywood as such, he was apparently the lover of Andre Gide. I have enclosed excerpts from two letters to deBrier from Gide.

26. GIDE, ANDRE (1869-1951). French author awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1947. Typed Letter Signed, in French, one page, quarto, Paris, France, January 30, 1929. To Monsieur Samson DeBrier. Gide writes (in part): "Your letter arrived too late. I've been awaiting it for four or five years. However, it filled me with joy. I read it today, feeling almost melancholy. This sympathy it shows, yes truly, it would have been charming to have known it sooner. Past seasons offer the most savory fruits, with the most delicious taste. But by this time, our appetite and thirst is diminished. Nevertheless, how precious the contact with your youth...Will you come to Paris? If you do, don't fail to knock on my door, and be sure of my most affectionate welcome." In Fine condition and housed with the original mailing envelope in a glass case (removable). (150/250)


27. GIDE, ANDRE. Scarce Autograph Letter Signed , in French, one page, quarto, Cuverville, France, June 27, 1929. To Monsieur Samson DeBrier. Gide writes (in part): "How difficult it is for me to write to you. You know so much about me through my books, while I know nothing about you except from reading your fanciful and charming letters, which I look forward to, and which I can't leave without response. But what can I tell you, to lessen my regret at such a distance between us!..." In Fine condition and housed with the original mailing envelope in a glass case (removable).(200/300)

Always your most humble and obedient servant,
E. Lorien
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