The only people who can endure gambling are those who have a special neurosis on the subject…or people who have said ‘No’ to the universe, who do not want to find out about things. If one has said ‘Yes’, time spent in a casino is time given to death, a foretaste of the hour when one’s flesh will be diverted to the purposes of the worm and not the will.
Rebecca West: Artist and Thinker by Peter Wolfe
I find this remark by Rebecca West fascinating, not because I share her view of casinos (although, after once regarding an evening at the roulette table trailing after my gambling grandmother as not altogether unpleasurable, I have changed my mind in old age).
No, what I find fascinating is why the highly intellectual Rebecca West should write about casinos at all….