1,000 Beautiful, Devastating Things That Happened to Me in Europe

Table for
One
is a column by Senior Editor Eric Kim, who loves dining and
traveling by himself—and seeks to celebrate the beauty of
solitude in its many forms.

My copy of The Sun Also Rises is a 1970’s edition
Charles Scribner’s Sons paperback,
and is now, about a
decade after I purchased it at the Strand in Manhattan, a pile of
papers bound by a single paperclip. A lady named Carol P. Smith
owned it before me—as evidenced by a cursive hand that runs
across the inside cover. I return to it every summer and notice
something new each time, whether it’s one of Carol’s margin
notes (“homo-sexuals” on page 20; Lady Brett Ashley’s
entrance with her posse of gays) or one of mine—a heart, an
exclamation point, or a frowny face with a single tear, which later
evolved into penciled-in words like “alcoholism,” “homosocial
or homophobic?” and “racist.”

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1,000 Beautiful, Devastating Things That Happened to Me in Europe