Came with 5 books, leaving with 13 and counting, and pockets full of memories and interactions and observations.
I have had the pleasure of meeting some amazing people in Paris, one being @haileyhandler. Hailey contacted me via @instagram before I arrived in Paris and provided me with some recommendations. Yesterday, we met for the first time at a cute Parisian restaurant in Saint Sébastien, where we drank wine and ate a couple of tapas-like dishes, and talked for 4-hrs about: Roxane Gay, Simone de Beauvoir, Joan Didion, Rebecca Solnit, feminist texts that have lacked depth, Audre Lorde, savouring reading moments, teaching, growing up in Australia, adoption, privilege, America, Han Kang, trauma and consciousness and ego, trauma transference, changing ingrained trauma, education, living abroad, family, parental expectations, parents, adulthood, finding people who like reading and are similar to you, Sydney, Judith Butler, A Little Life, Abbey Bookshop, Shakespeare and Co., picking up people’s vibes and energy, books, Reni Eddo-Lodge, racism and identity, the experience of minority groups, feminism, reading diversely, complexity and simplicity in writing, abstract writing, identity politics, pursuing our passions, social media and authenticity, the physicality of books, publishing, social media book clubs, reading and remembering, taking notes, travel, Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, reading on the metro, Parisians and reading, Korea, Parisians and nightlife...have I missed anything? @haileyhandler - you are literary friend kismet Today, I visited Simone de Beauvoir and Jean Paul Sartre’s grave and I am reminded of the finiteness of life and the indelible impact that great authors and philosophers leave, long after they have died.