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“Five moves, they say, equal a fire. But those who haven’t moved may begin to need a fire.”

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source: Composing a Further life (New York: Knopf, 2010), 38.

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“One learns first of all in beach living the art of shedding; how little one can get along with, not how much. Physical shedding to begin with, which then mysteriously spreads into other fields. Clothes, first. Of course, one needs less in the sun. But one needs less anyway, one finds suddenly. One does not need a closet-full, only a small suitcase-full. And what a relief it is! Less taking up and down of hems, less mending, and—best of all—less worry about what to wear. One finds one is shedding not only clothes—but vanity.”

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source: Gift from the Sea (New York: Pantheon, 2005), 50th anniversary ed., 24–25.

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“I have been in a slow process of selling and giving away everything I own…It started a couple of years ago. It was in response to going to these Golden Globe type events and they just give you stuff. You don’t want it. You don’t use it. And then Mad Men started to become a success on a popular level and people started sending me stuff, just boxes of shit. Gifts for every holiday, clothes. One day, I looked around and thought ‘I don’t want this stuff, I didn’t ask for it.’ So I started giving it to friends or charity stores, or if it is still in its box I might sell it for a hundred bucks. I liked it so I didn’t stop.”

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source: “The Observer,” by Tim Adams, in The Guardian, Sunday, April 25, 2010.

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notes: Vincent Kartheiser plays Pete Campbell in the television series Mad Men

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