Weekend Words: Shopping

Unknown Master, Dutch, “Interior of a Dutch Shop Selling Gold and Silver” (c. 1660). Oil on panel, 28 x 22 cm. Private collection. (Image via Web Gallery of Art)

An exquisite corpse of apposite quotes from the Hyperallergic Weekend Editors.

Now that the Holiday Shopping Season is upon us, we turn first to someone who knew a thing or two about shopping:

“I never think that people die. They just go to department stores.”

—Andy Warhol

“Paper money for the Duchess was either ordered new and crisp from a bank or wash cleaned and ironed by the housemaids; coins were always washed. Each evening, just before dinner was served, two maids could be found carrying bedsheets through the halls by their corners; the bed linens, having just been ironed, were destined for the rooms of the Duke and Duchess. Wallis could not stand wrinkles in her bed…. Once the bed was made, a plastic sheet was spread atop the satin eiderdown so that the pugs could climb onto the bed with Wallis; there she would feed them the hand-baked dog biscuits prepared fresh each day by her chef. Usually the pugs slept on the bed with her, although the Duke’s favorite might disappear through the boudoir to his own spot at the foot of his master’s bed.”

—Greg King [from The Duchess of Windsor: The Uncommon Life of Wallis Simpson]

“You can’t consume much if you sit still and read books.”

—Aldous Huxley [from Brave New World]

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