Eastern European Reflections

Alain Delon and Romy Schneider

I want you back

First Miss Bulgaria - Branimira Antonova, 1967

First Miss Bulgaria - Branimira Antonova, 1967

I loved you, and I probably still do,
And for a while the feeling may remain…
But let my love no longer trouble you,
I do not wish to cause you any pain.
I loved you; and the hopelessness I knew,
The jealousy, the shyness - though in vain -
Made up a love so tender and so true
As may God grant you to be loved again.


-Alexander Pushkin

It’s everybody, I mean. Everything everybody does is so — I don’t know — not wrong, or even mean, or even stupid necessarily. But just so tiny and meaningless and — sad-making. And the worst part is, if you go bohemian or something crazy like that, you’re conforming just as much only in a different way.
Franny and Zooey

The worst thing about being an artist is that it would make you slightly unhappy all the time.

- J. D. Salinger

It is an important distinction to note that she looked not only as if she had taken good care of herself, but that she had good reason to have done so. (…) She looked to be in such total possession of her life that only the most confident men could continue to look at her if she looked back at them. Even in bus stations, she was a woman who was stared at only until she looked back.

-John Irving

April Wheeler: It takes backbone to lead the life you want, Frank.

I can change

I can grow 

I can adjust