Bernard-Henri Levy is Le Penseur. Called “BHL” in France, he is an philosopher, writer, and provocateur. He was recently interviewed by Katie Roiphe for WSJ Magazine.
“I don’t care much about style or appearance,” he said. “I have always dressed the same way. ..I have worn the same white shirts, the same person made my jackets for 30 years. I get older, but I have the same size hair. I am a man of habits. I care about physical things. When in New York, I live at the Carlyle Hotel, which is not the worst place in the city. I know the difference between beautiful furniture and not. But I can do without. As long as I have my books, a few shirts, and my paper to write on and my favorite pens, all is OK.”
I could immediately relate to his statement that books, pens and paper are some of the necessities of Life! But what I was most gratified to discover is that he still writes by hand.
I don’t compose entirely by hand now, but my initial sketch of thoughts is still done on paper with my favorite pen.
How about you?