Writers in Paris

In the years after the First World War, a number of American writers took up residence in Paris. Steve Cleary assesses some of the work that came out of their time abroad. …

The 1920s was the golden age of literary modernism, and Paris was then the literary and artistic capital of the western world. A remarkable number of the men among these writers-in-exile had volunteered as ambulance drivers during the war, including the young Ernest Hemingway, who was seriously wounded while serving on the Italian front.

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After Attacks, the Soul of Paris Endures – The New York Times

People lighting candles at the Place de la République in Paris. Credit Laurent Cipriani/Associated Press

People lighting candles at the Place de la République in Paris. Credit Laurent Cipriani/Associated Press

Seven essays by Americans — expats, travelers and writers — trying to take the long view of Paris and pick up the pieces after the Nov. 13 attacks.

Source: After Attacks, the Soul of Paris Endures – The New York Times

Ernest Hemingway’s ode to Paris sells out – BBC News

Since the attacks in Paris last Friday, one book has been selling out in bookshops across the city: Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast.The author’s account of living in Paris in his youth is seen as a love letter to the city, its cafes and bars, and the Parisian way of life.In French its title is translated as “Paris est une fête”, or “Paris is a party”.

Source: Ernest Hemingway’s ode to Paris sells out – BBC News

Paris Attacks Were an ‘Act of War’ by ISIS, Hollande Says – The New York Times

Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

PARIS — President François Hollande on Saturday blamed the Islamic State for the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, as the death toll rose to 127 victims, with 300 others hospitalized, 80 of them in critical condition. He declared three days of national mourning, and said that military troops would patrol the capital. France remained under a nationwide state of emergency.“It is an act of war that was committed by a terrorist army, a jihadist army, Daesh, against France,” Mr. Hollande told the nation from the Élysée Palace, using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State. “It is an act of war that was prepared, organized and planned from abroad, with complicity from the inside, which the investigation will help establish.”

Source: Paris Attacks Were an ‘Act of War’ by ISIS, Hollande Says – The New York Times

36 Hours in Provence – The New York Times

Exploring Provence’s vast, rugged sprawl can be exhilarating — and daunting. From the salt marshes of the Camargue to storybook hilltop villages like Gordes to the lively Mediterranean city of Marseille, the famously picturesque French region offers an array of landscapes and experiences that could take months to uncover.

via 36 Hours in Provence – The New York Times.

What to Do on the Left Bank, Paris – NYTimes.com

While the Right Bank of Paris has seen internationalism and the irrepressible rise of “bobos” (the Parisian form of hipsters) change its landscape in recent years, the Left Bank has been able to preserve the soul of the French capital. Walk through the Latin Quarter’s crooked cobblestone corridors or down the grand plane-tree-lined boulevards of St.-Germain-des-Prés and, more than once, you’ll think you’re inside a black-and-white Robert Doisneau photo. Cafe terraces, limestone buildings and nattily dressed locals create a timeless tableau. That’s not to say that Paris south of the dividing Seine is immune to change. But at least for now, the classic charms outweigh the contemporary influences.

via What to Do on the Left Bank, Paris – NYTimes.com.