Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Paris Stories

"In his experience, love affairs and marriages perished between seven and eight o'clock, the hour of rain and no taxis. All over Paris couples must be parting forever, leaving like debris along the curbs the shreds of canceled restaurant dates, useless ballet tickets, hopeless explanations, and scraps of pride; and toward each of these disasters a taxi was pulling in, the only taxi for miles, the light on its roof already dimmed in anticipation to the twin dots that in Paris mean 'occupied.' But occupied by whom?"

--- Mavis Gallant, "Speck's Idea," in Paris Stories.

1 comment:

Penelope said...

Mavis Gallant, another hero! I discovered her totally by accident as an exchange student when I stopped by Shakespeare & Co on my Hemingway pilgrimage and bought her 'Paris Stories'. It is one of my most treasured books.

Anyway, thanks so much for the tip about Adam Gopnik. How do I get in?

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