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Now I truly know why I have always instinctively hated pipes

I used to smoke cigarettes and the occasional cigar (still do actually, about once or twice a year, the cigar I mean). But hell will freeze over before I ever touch a pipe. And I know a lot of (ex-) smokers who would agree. Why is that? What makes pipes stand out among the various forms in which this tobacco vice, this particular sin, presents itself?

I don't know. I have about a dozen prejudices about pipe-smokers, but that's really all they are, prejudices. The Marlboro man was cool (even though he died of cancer; his coolness actually stemmed more from his surroundings, being the marvellous Monument Valley USA, then himself) and by the same token a pipe-smoker was, is, and forever will be, uncool. I don't care that Van Gogh himself smoked his pipe every day. Actually the pipes of his day I would consider. Those super thin, long, ivory accessories to a gentleman's attire, they weren't cool either, but they had style.

So, coolness, style. Funny thing: in pretty much every other aspect of my life coolness and style do not matter to me in the least. But when it comes to smoking (which, as stated before, I don't do anymore...) all of a sudden they're all important.

Now I am looking at this picture, at these very real Three Pipes, and I am startled by the things it has to tell me. Suddenly I feel exposed. A surge of Truth overwhelms me – yes, despite all my efforts to the contrary, I am a shallow, prejudiced, miser of man: too insecure to have any real opinions, too lazy to take an interest in nuance, too cheap to boldly go beyond cheap tobacco in self-made cigarettes. And it's the three pipes that tell me so. They show me the mirror.
They are the painting, to my Dorian Gray.


Texto por: Peter-Jan Vermeij


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