Thursday, March 5, 2009

Warm Reading for a Cold Night

Paris flirted with the sun this past week, but the gray and rain roared back yesterday and the forecast says will linger this weekend (although blue skies poked through the clouds for a minute today). Rather than venture out into a cold night far from my warm bed in the 15th arrondisement this evening, I decided to do some reading and writing. In an unwitting Google search, I stumbled across this fantastic WSJ article on Paris and how it used to be. It's insightful and well-written, examining the once powerful, but now defunct American literary expat community in Paris.

There is no shortage of Americans over here, but the days of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Stein, and later even Plimpton and Wright (the focal point for the author of the WSJ article) have disappeared, leaving behind a tawdry mix of students and tourists, moving in and out, leaving no mark.

Maybe I can do something about it.

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