Published November 29, 2012
Literary/Cultural Paris , Offbeat Adventures , Out and About , Random
Tags: books, improv, improvisation, paris, pillow project, shakespeare & co, spoken word
David Barnes of Spoken Word Paris reading while a member of the Pillow Project riffs
Here’s your helping of a random (art) happening around town.
This past Tuesday The Pillow Project paid a visit to Shakespeare & Co. The Pittsburgh-based troupe plays “freejazz,” an improvisational form they describe as “using the body as the instrument playing visual notes.”
The experimental group is starting to forge deeper ties to Paris. On hand for this week’s event were members of the city’s active spoken word scene.
For non-French speakers, there’s a lot of blood and torture in the text!
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Lazing around Le Square du Vert-Galant
Pont Neuf Bridge
Spring. Is. Amazing.
It makes me want to dance!
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Sunday was one of my favorite semi-annual events in Paris: the English-language used book sale!
Twice a year SOS Help holds a 4-hour extravaganza where eager Anglophones come to stock up on new (to them) reads.
I like that the money goes toward a good cause, but selfishly what I really like are the prices. All paperbacks go for 1 euro, hardcovers for 2.
Guess how many I picked up? 35!
My loot from the book sale
This was the limit of the cash in my wallet and the amount I could physically carry back with me on the metro. I always come equipped with a large bag to the sale, but what I really need is a rolling cart!
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Well here’s the thing to get me back into Paris and the writing life.
I recently had a story published in a new anthology entitled “Strangers in Paris: New Writing from the City of Light.” The book features lots of great contributors (including John Berger and poet Alice Notley!).
I have no idea how the heck I ended up in such good company, but I’m thrilled!
The Paris launch of the book will be this coming Monday, July 25, at Shakespeare & Co. Ten or so contributors will be reading. I’m excited and nervous to be one of them.
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For the second day in a row, I had a lovely writer double date. Yesterday I met up with Karin of An Alien Parisienne and Isabelle Solal at Buttes Chaumont, my favorite Paris park.
Topics of conversation were mainly about writing craft, though there was a fair bit of girly talk, too.
Isabelle recently took the plunge and put her debut novel directly onto Amazon’s Kindle Store. As I’ve been watching the current traditional vs self-publishing show-down with rapt attention, you better believe I’ll be following her journey. I’ll borrow any tips should I decide to go that route.
I’ve already learned from Isabelle that I don’t actually need a Kindle to read an ebook for Kindle. (Who knew?) You can download a copy to your computer.
I haven’t yet had a chance to read In the Past Imperfect, but if it’s as light and bright as Isa, it should be fun. It’s an updated take on Persuasion with a twist – and transported to France.
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