SCMF Musings: Luxury Shoebox Meets Wind, Sand and Stars…


It’s not often that you are perusing The Wall Street Journal and one of your own is quoted “above the fold.” That’s what happened on Friday. In the October 7 Mansion section, there appeared this:

Perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away.

Thus said Antoine de Saint Exupery (AKA St.X).

Curious (as in #SCMF), we investigated because as far as we knew, our St.X was referencing something entirely different from what’s covered in that section of the Journal.

What we discovered is that his words came from a chapter of “Wind, Sand and Stars.”

The WSJ Mansion piece had to do with luxury tiny apartments where every inch is optimized.


The original came from a section on “The Tool” that talks about “the modern airplane.”


Note: “Wind, Sand and Stars” was published in 1939.

BTW. It is a fantastic read.

Anyway, if it brings awareness to St.X’s writings, then it’s all good. Lots of ponderables. Check out this review to get a sense of how awesome it is.


—The Gang

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