"To live at home, to think at home, eat and drink at home, to love at home, suffer at home, die at home seems boring and inconvenient to us. We need publicity, broad daylight, the street, the cabaret, the café, the restaurant, to testify favourably or unfavourably about ourselves, to chat, to be happy or unhappy, to satisfy the needs of our vanity or our mind, to laugh or to cry: we like to pose, to show off, to have a public, or audience, witnesses of our life."
You would be forgiven for thinking that this was said recently and about our times. Surely this is the motto of my generation and the one that is coming up behind us- to live publicly, our entire lives enjoyed in full view and for the consumption of others. A somewhat partial or edited version presented for consumption, perhaps, but 'if you didn't photograph it, it didn't happen' or 'this will make a great profile photo' or 'I'm just checking us in to Places' or #everything. But it is actually a quote from Les Plaisirs de Paris, written by Alfred Delvau in 1867. #prescient