“A Vision of the Superior Sofa”

“I always say — a prejudice on my part, I’m sure — you can tell a lot about a person’s character from his choice of sofa.  Sofas constitute a realm inviolate unto themselves.  This, however, is something that only those who have grown up sitting on good sofas will appreciate.  It’s like growing up reading good books or listening to good music.  One good sofa breeds another good sofa; one bad sofa breeds another bad sofa.  That’s how it goes.

There are people who drive luxury cars, but have only second- or third-rate sofas in their homes.  I put little trust in such people.  An expensive automobile may well be worth its price, but it’s only an expensive automobile.  If you have the money, you can buy it, anyone can buy it.  Procuring a good sofa, on the other hand, requires style and experience and philosophy.  It takes money, yes, but you also need a vision of the superior sofa.  That sofa among sofas.”

–Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

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