By Christopher Isherwood
In 1939, Christopher Isherwood and W.H. Auden emigrated jointly to the U.S.. In spare, luminous prose those diaries describe Isherwood's look for a brand new lifestyles in California; his paintings as a screenwriter in Hollywood, his pacifism in the course of international conflict II and his friendships with such proficient artists and intellectuals as Garbo, Chaplin, Thomas Mann, Charles Laughton, Gielgud, Olivier, Richard Burton and Aldous Huxley. all through this era, Isherwood persevered to jot down novels and maintain his literary friendships - with E.M. Forster, Somerset Maugham, Tennessee Williams and others. He became to his diaries a number of instances per week to list jokes and gossip, observations approximately his followed kingdom, philosophy and mystical insights. His devotion to his diary used to be a fashion of accounting for himself; he used it as either a self-discipline and a free up.
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He had in simple terms seven money left on the planet. Berthold compelled him to borrow twenty. yet the place is he to discover paintings? Mrs. Bayley, who works within the old-age pension division of the nation workplace in la, tells me that old-age aid here's larger than wherever else on the earth. Thirty-five money a month. you will discover homes which board and hotel roomers for seven money a week—nine for a room of your individual. residing is far more cost-effective the following than within the East. yet, other than the flicks and oil, there’s much less likelihood of incomes immense cash. Marion Davies’s nice Danes, that are saved at her condo at the seashore, get 16 funds’ worthy of meat an afternoon. January eight. Heavy torrents of rain the day past. Rain back this present day. begun paintings at Metro—that is to claim, i used to be put in in an air-conditioned place of work the place I wrote letters. Gottfried Reinhardt continues to be away and never prone to go back for 3 weeks. Lunched with Frau Bach, Gottfried’s flirtatious secretary. She attempted to give an explanation for to me how Metro’s association works. yet, to appreciate it, one must have the brain of an Einstein. How, other than within the language of relativity, is one to outline the significance of Mannix by way of Lichtman, or Hyman by way of Katz? Even L. B. Mayer himself isn't really an absolute. He can basically be said as an equation: Mannix instances Lichtman to the ability of Katz equals Mayer over X. (X. being Wall road by some means regarding a couple of participants named Schenck who seem to be presided over or owned via a mathematical abstraction known as Loew’s included. ) (I locate I haven’t but noted my brokers, Leonardson and Schley. I switched to them at the recommendation of John van Druten. They have been his brokers, too. Edna Schley used to be brief and dumpy, with white hair reduce very close—almost an Eton Crop—a purple face, and thick little legs. Dan Leonardson, her husband, was once additionally tubby and small. there has been anything really endearing approximately him: he used to be like an underground animal whose whiskers have been continually a section grubby from digging: one imagined him burrowing down less than the town and rising, very soiled and breathless, with a torn greenback invoice in his paws. He have been a physician. Then he had long past into aviation, and later into the express company. Edna had as soon as been a film author and director. She used to be constantly conversing approximately her connections round the studios. “Why, I’ve recognized Jack ever because he used to be within the prop division! ” each time she and Dan came around me at paintings, she might ask anxiously: “How yer feelin’, Chris? ” as if I have been a boxer earlier than a struggle. so long as we had dealings jointly, she by no means really received me a job—that I did myself, via friends—but she was once choked with job, specifically after the agreement with Metro was once effectively landed. And whilst a few footling little adjustment needed to be made, she may turn into very politic, gravely weighing tactical concerns. “I’ve been pondering it over, Chris. perhaps we’ll permit it journey one other week. i've got an idea … i feel I’ll say a be aware to Ken this morning—but not anything sure, y’understand. ” She yessed me unblushingly: “That’s correct Chris.