Born this day 1933. Died 1973, aged 40.
Depression is a terrible condition. Suicide a terrible conclusion. Commercial success a chimera. This was a man who dragged himself up by the bootstraps and gained himself a university degree. He was a highly interesting and experimental writer and his legacy is now more recognised than in his lifetime.
If we had a Universal Basic Income would he have revealed even greater potential? UBI would be especially beneficial in giving artists the leeway to create.
Love-All; by Bryan Stanley Johnson
The decorously informative church
Guide to Sex suggested that any urge
could well be controlled by playing tennis:
and the game provided also “many
harmless opportunities for healthy
social intercourse between the sexes.”
For weeks the drawings in the Guide misled
me as to what went where, but nonetheless
I booked the public courts and learnt the game
with other curious youths of my age:
and later joined a club, to lose six one,
six love, in the first round of the Open.
But the only girl I ever met had
her “energies channelled” far too bloody
“healthily”, and very quickly let me
know that love was merely another means
of saying nil. It was not as though I
became any good at tennis; either.