Tag Archives: paris

And, so… (Part 1)

When your reading list looks like this, there’s only one thing to do. Advertisements

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Another pocket

In the mid to late 1800s, Felix Nadar, a French photographer, experimented with and pioneered the use of artificial lighting in photography. Nadar was the pseudonym of Gaspard-Félix Tournachon, born in the 19th century and died in the early 20th century; … Continue reading

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every day, a date

August 2nd, 2012 — Eighty-eight years from the day that James Baldwin was born, on a Saturday in 1924. For the man who turned an arbitrary day into a date to mark, a few of his words woven into scenes … Continue reading

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when it rains…

… sometimes it pours and sometimes things look shiny and new. this week, in the city of light both were true and in the glimpses of sun and dryness amidst the mist, the landscape of sound came truly alive. i … Continue reading

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not a trick — just the sun’s normal plays of light

10:02 pm, after the rain one minute later. i mean it.

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Encore la Seine, toujours la Seine

And again I ask myself: what exactly is this life I’m living? If it’s a dream, don’t wake me please. Scenes seen along and near the Seine last night: (click on pics for larger, better view)

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Not a bad way to start the day

Goldberg variations. On the steel drums. Underground in the metro.

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narratives matter

Firmly committed to a subjunctive view of the world wherein one is “trafficking in human possibilities rather than in settled certainties” … to pursue “stories of literary merit [that] render the world newly strange, rescue it from obviousness, fill it … Continue reading

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biblioteca

Save for a few odd words I remember from 7th grade, when we had to learn both Spanish and French for one marking period each on the days when we didn’t have “gym” — what physical education classes are called … Continue reading

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being bookish

my blogging has suffered a bit in recent weeks as my extra-sabbatical readings and writings have been a bit more demanding than i anticipated. i hope they will yield some potentially ponderous and interesting postings over here in the weeks … Continue reading

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place based reads — or: as long as we’re going to sit for a spell…

Before the move to New York nearly eight years ago was even a possibility, my viewing and reading seemed to gravitate toward texts that were situated in that dynamic city. Perhaps there’s no reason to read anything into the geographies of … Continue reading

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an art walk of sorts

In between shifting geographies — and the rituals of settling and resettling, unpacking and packing, taking inventory and organizing — I find the act of revisiting photographs to open up a soothing, even therapeutic space. The eye focuses on different … Continue reading

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Another walk through the city

After a while, I had to stop taking photos. Every step, every turn of the head and blink of an eye called up familiar sensations from the past and brought the world into ever newer focus. But here are a … Continue reading

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A picture walk through the city

Seine at first sight Musee d’Orsay by day And by night Love lock along the Seine A namesake of sorts Architectural stories E’s very excellent recommendation Inside Shakespeare & Company City view Wall coverings Chez Mona Lisa Everywhere you look … Continue reading

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According to Baldwin

A single post cannot begin to sum up a few days of being on Parisian time. And as I write this, the unfinished Cyprus post echoes to me from somewhere on the back burner of my consciousness. The stories, as … Continue reading

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