The art of being a Bright Young Thing

Some lessons one might draw from Evelyn Waugh’s Vile Bodies.

1. Live as fast as you can without ever fully committing to anything

2. Abide by the cardinal rules of Frivolity, Contrariness and Levity at all times

3. It’s ok to lose all of your money (as long as you have friends who will bail you out)

4. Don’t get caught wearing the Spare Driver armband

5. Pick a philosophy and stick to it

6. Contradict yourself

7. If something’s not worth doing well, it’s not worth doing at all

8. Never admit to being in love

9. Be elegantly wasted at all times

10. Make a back-up copy of your memoirs

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