Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Will Self in the NY Times

“Hell,” as Jean-Paul Sartre should properly have said, “is other people’s trousers.” I know this will sound odd to the American English speaker, but in Europe to animadvert “Hell is other people’s pants” would leave one open to charges of filthy-mindedness, and possibly a visit from the authorities. Perhaps we’d best leave it as: “Hell is other people’s nether garments,” together with the hateful – but in this instance necessary — speech tic: You know what I mean.

Read the rest of Will Self's account of his walks through the French mountains here.

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