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Date archives September 2012

Books / Writing

On Reading

SOMETHING ELSE HAPPENED to me on the metro recently: I learned to read. I know it didn’t happen all at once, but today it felt like someone flicked a switch. Suddenly the lights went on inside my head and the words passed through, like one of those healings you read about at a tent revival, where blind men see and mute children speak.
Reading, the pleasure I most took for granted, finally restored. I looked around me, wondering if anyone had noticed. No one did. I was part of the urban wallpaper.
from Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes, Elizabeth Bard

I used to read a lot of some fiction when I was younger, so most of my books are from that genre. In my mid-twenties my tastes changed and I bought more of travel & food literature. My real bookshelf is practically untouched now, except for when I need to look something up.
This might sound terribly corny, but finally purchasing an ebook reader sort of changed my life, so much that I have separation anxiety with the device even if I’ll be away for a couple of hours.
I have close to 700 lovingly curated books in my e-library, no random stuff or trashy romances. I have been more interested in nonfiction as I grew older, specifically travel narratives, memoirs, cookbooks (even if I don’t really cook!), and food literature. I probably have more than enough ebooks now to last me a lifetime.

Favorites so far (July – Sept 2012):

Blankets, Craig Thompson (graphic novel)
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Amy Chua
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir, Jenny Lawson
Lunch in Paris, A Love Story with Recipes, Elizabeth Bard

P.S. I do realize that I mentioned having “no trashy romances” but I did read the first Fifty Shades of Grey book. It was a waste of time.

France / Writing

people watching by the Panthéon

Made it back to Paris from Versailles at around half-past six and headed to the Panthéon, unfortunately, it was already closed when we arrived. The Panthéon is a church and mausoleum, a Neoclassical structure originally built by Louis XV for St. Genevieve. Pierre & Marie Curie, Voltaire, Alexandre Dumas, and many other French personalities are resting here. It was modeled after the Pantheon in Rome.

With nothing else planned for the evening, we just sat and people watched. The surrounding buildings in front of Place du Pantheon, I believe, are parts of La Sorbonne.

Dinner at the flat: store-bought caprese and a quiche from a neighborhood patisserie.

Place du Panthéon, 5e
Metro: Cardinal Lemoine / RER: Luxembourg
Daily 10am-6pm (last entrance 5:15pm)
7€ adults, 4.50€ ages 18-25, free for children 17 below
Covered by the Paris Museum Pass