Keep The Aspidistra Flying (Don’t Sleep In The Subway)

Tomorrow he would go up to the New Albion, in his best suit and overcoat (he must remember to get his overcoat out of pawn at the same time as his suit), in hat of the correct gutter-crawling pattern, neatly shaved and with his hair cut short. He would be as though born anew. The poet of today would be hardly recognizable in the natty young business man of tomorrow. They would take him back, right enough; he had the talent they needed. He would buckle to work, sell his soul, and hold down his job…

He would get married, settle down, prosper moderately, push a pram, have a villa and a radio and an aspidistra. He would be a law-abiding little cit like any other law-abiding little cit– a soldier in the strap-hanging army. Probably it was better so…

Vicisti, O aspidistra!

—George Orwell, Keep the Aspidistra Flying

Here is a list of ten books that I either read when I was a teenager or wish I had read when I was a teenager…

Here is a list of ten books that I either read when I was a teenager or wish I had read when I was a teenager:

1. Siddhartha: An Indian Tale – Hermann Hesse

2. “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!”: Adventures of a Curious Character – Richard P. Feynman

3. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

4. Keep the Aspidistra Flying – George Orwell

5. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert M. Pirsig

6. Pigeon Feathers: And Other Stories – John Updike

7. Sons and Lovers – David Herbert Lawrence

8. Moby Dick – Herman Melville

9. Iron John: A Book about Men – Robert Bly

10. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald