1. From the ever-wonderful Letters of Note blog (check out Steinbeck writing to his former professor, too), here’s Noel Coward giving relationship advice to Marlene Dietrich:
Do please try to work out for yourself a little personal philosophy and DO NOT, repeat DO NOT be so bloody vulnerable. To hell with God damned “L’Amour.” It always causes far more trouble than it is worth. Don’t run after it. Don’t court it. Keep it waiting off stage until you’re good and ready for it and even then treat it with the suspicious disdain that it deserves.
“Gay husbands” give the best advice, don’t they?
2. Here is a song about a lazy harp seal, who has neither a job, nor money, nor camera, nor jacket. It pretty much made my week.