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Shakespeare and Company Bookstore, Paris

(Disclaimer: Today I felt like doing a little reminiscing. Forgive the indulgence.)

In all my travels, one of the places that remains nearest and dearest to my heart is the Shakespeare and Company Bookstore in Paris. Situated on the left bank directly across the street from the Seine, this bookshop has been a literary haven for Anglophones in France since before my generation was born.

I stayed for less than two weeks, but somehow, it made an almost physical impression on me. And it certainly did nothing to diminish my overly-romanticized understanding of Paris.

We did the whole shebang: red wine by the Seine, late-night city walks, riding around on a moped through the crazy Parisian roads, eating a baguette and cheese for breakfast, chess games on the cobblestones, bathing only once or twice a week, watching buskers at the foot of the Notre Dame, and reading and writing and reading and writing all the damn day.

The shop and its owner, George Whitman, both have an impressive and fascinating history. But that aside, this place simply feels CHARGED, if you know what I mean. Like anything is possible, everyone is a genius, and everything, including tragedy, is beautiful.

37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris. Next time you’re in town, go there. I urge you.

(Images from the Shakespeare and Company Bookstore website.)

Superwomen with Style

As I’m gearing up for my final day of finals, I’ve decided to gift myself a little pick-me-up by sharing a photographer whom many already know and love: Rodney Smith. Possibly one of the most creative and versatile photographers I have ever come across, Rodney Smith’s work is a bottomless pot of inspiration for me whenever my well has run dry. To me, his photographs are a wonderful visual blend of fantasy, vintage fashion, and literature. And he’s got a sense of humor, to boot.

For this post I’ve chosen a few of his many beautiful photographs, all of women. They all look so powerful, don’t they? I want to be one of these smart, savvy females when I grow up…

Don’t forget to check out the rest of his work here….

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Proof that New Mexico, too, has Fall

Notes on a joyful revelation:

Glee. Got caught biking in the rain today, gallon of apple cider strapped to my back. Sheets of writing water lay over the roads.

Earth can’t keep up.

Cider’s on the stove with spices now. Wish I had a ladle.

I grated orange peel with a knife, put the shavings in a cloth bag to float in the murk.

The stereo is full of guitars. Yoga mat is laying out to dry. Bike’s on the front porch, wiped down and hoping not to wash away.

I’m in a rocking chair, grinning like I was while flying down the road, mud-spattered.

Hail, autumn! What took so long?

You got distracted in Mexico, fell in love with a poor and beautiful girl by the sea. I can’t blame you.

But I’m glad you are here.

Hopelessly uninformed

How many seats are currently in the house? How many presidents have we had? How many children does Obama have? Who is our Secretary of State, again?

Is it true that all of our founding fathers were alcoholics?

Where do I stand on this whole immigration debate? What is the debate about, specifically, anyway? What does it take to become a legal immigrant? Do they cap the number on it every year? If so, what’s the number?

Whose brilliant idea was it to have single member districts? Where can I find him?

What is democracy? Who benefits from it? Are we really democratic? How do you explain public interest groups, then? Is our government just based on lies and bribery, like some people will argue? Is it based on just and noble and fair values, as others argue? How long do we actually have a shot in hell at sustaining this form of government? When will we collapse, go out in Rome-style?

Who are our Supreme Court Justices? How many women are on there? When did the first woman get on there? And what’s the deal with this affirmative action, anyways? Do any politicians pay attention to structural inequalities, address those, or are we all about the band-aid here?

How much power does the media have? Who has it? Tell me more about Rupert Murdoch, internet. Am I media by writing this here? How does one actually get a blog out there in cyberspace for people to read?

Flag burning is legal, but do people do it all that often? What do modern Confederates actually believe in? Do they want to be a separate country? Doesn’t every state have some sort of separatist ideas, or at least the states where it would be marginally feasible geographically? Who exercises free speech, really? Where can I find a protest to participate in, or even just see?

FBI, CIA, something that starts with an N… who are they? What are their roles? Are my texts to my boyfriend being closely monitored? Should I be paranoid?

How different are the states, really?

And where can I find all of this information?