Just wanted to share these quotes with you by Apollinaire from my recent literary explorations...
MARCH 8, 1910
"What strange times we are living in! We are surrounded by ugliness on every side. We allow horrible buses to disfigure the streets of Paris without protest, and our houses are the ugliest possible... Yet, there is not a young girl into town with her mother who does not carry on herself a whole museum; her ring is signed Such-and-such, her tooled leather book cover is signed So-and-so, her belt is signed This-and-That and etc. Our time will have a style of its own when people attach less importance to signatures; then even buses will be graceful. I recognize, however, that there is more than a mere promise in the general effort of our artists to endow us with a style. We may in fact, have a style... "without knowing it," The way Moliere's M Jourdain spoke prose."
"I am not afraid to say it: between the bizarre and the boring I always prefer the bizarre."