XIIDX day 3: Merry Crispmas

Quentin Crisp was born on Christmas Day 1908, but was probably used to people forgetting about it on the day. This is a belated tribute to the author of The Naked Civil Servant and unheralded philosopher.

This two-part documentary from 1970 finds Crisp at a curious mid-point. He’s past the trials of young adulthood which saw him literally beaten up on the street for flamboyant campery, but not yet settled into his elderly, august years as a “stately homo”. I love his delivery in this; that inimitable voice delivering opinions and observations of such elegance and insight as to constitute a masterclass in life itself.

 

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