Oscar Who?


Oscar Levant said to George Gershwin, “Tell me George, if you had to do it all over again, would you fall in love with yourself?”

It must feel good. Who am I kidding, it does feel good. Don’t all of us fall in love with ourselves at least once?

When does this become  a bad thing? Ever? I suspect if done in excess it would be a problem. A constant demonstration of it and we would appear selfish. When is confidence self love? Can we be confident without falling in love with ourselves?

At least with Gershwin, the result is that most of us know who he is. But who is Oscar Levant?

6 thoughts on “Oscar Who?

  1. Carole Webber July 12, 2014 / 9:45 am

    Oscar Levant was a sarcastic comic. It was his stye but sometimes he was very wise.

    • fictionfitz July 12, 2014 / 9:53 am

      I think he was Truman Capote’s model, but now you have to be over sixty to remember him. Of course, I am not old enough.

  2. New Hampshire Garden Solutions July 12, 2014 / 7:10 pm

    I’ve never heard of him. Narcissus also fell in live with himself, or at least his own reflection, and look where it got him.

    • fictionfitz July 13, 2014 / 5:50 am

      A tender precipice.

  3. jhvn July 12, 2014 / 8:35 pm

    He may have been a comic, but Oscar Levant was a pianist. He was the soloist on the recording of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue that my parents had when I was growing up.

    Just as with a spouse, it;s important to be in love with oneself — and to be aware of it at the same time, so as not confuse our self with the one we are in love with.

    • fictionfitz July 13, 2014 / 5:47 am

      I like that, Jung or jhvn? And who are we in love with if not self? Life? God? This last seems too religious.

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