Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Le Penseur

Karen

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?


4 thoughts on “Le Penseur

  1. I’m not a writer by profession but I have been writing since my Grandmother put and old Sheaffer in my hands in 1955. Everything I write; letters, cards, thank you notes, you name it, is written with pen and ink. The only time I use a keyboard is when I’m on this darn computer. If my grandkids send me an email, I tell them to “write” me a letter. Writing is becoming a lost art.

  2. I’m not a writer by profession but I have been writing since my Grandmother put and old Sheaffer in my hands in 1955. Everything I write; letters, cards, thank you notes, you name it, is written with pen and ink. The only time I use a keyboard is when I’m on this darn computer. If my grandkids send me an email, I tell them to “write” me a letter. Writing is becoming a lost art.

  3. I do all of my creative composition by hand while it’s in the formative stages. That means that short stories are generally written entirely by hand, and about the first 150 pages of a novel get put on paper. After that point, because of the challenges of organization, I’m usually forced to go to the computer because so many things have to move around then.

    But I feel a lot closer (in both figurative and literal ways) to my work when I’m doing it by hand.

  4. I do all of my creative composition by hand while it’s in the formative stages. That means that short stories are generally written entirely by hand, and about the first 150 pages of a novel get put on paper. After that point, because of the challenges of organization, I’m usually forced to go to the computer because so many things have to move around then.

    But I feel a lot closer (in both figurative and literal ways) to my work when I’m doing it by hand.

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