2 weeks ’til france: why i’m preparing to hate paris

The Paris of today is no longer your parents’ Paris, Midnight in Paris Paris—the city of Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, and later Julia Child, of 20-franc hotel rooms and 5-franc bistro lunches. Paris has grown up, learned English, globalized, and gotten expensive. a lot of things happened on and around my laptop the past couple of weeks. well, not things so much as essays that made me think a lot about migration, big cities and why anyone even bothers to live anywhere other than detroit these days. (where, by the way, they’re giving houses to writers. just giving them away.) this … Continue reading 2 weeks ’til france: why i’m preparing to hate paris

more on that impending move to paris…

For a variety of reasons, my previous attempts to get to Paris were always struck down. My college had the world’s dumbest study abroad office; I was always broke; My French is inscrutable; etc. Plus, as a person with a solidly working class background and a mountain of debt that is completely incongruent with the limited level of education I’ve attained, I never felt that I had the upper class wiggle room to go off, explore and potentially fail. But, in the back of my mind, “must move to Paris and fall in love and speak perfect French” was always … Continue reading more on that impending move to paris…