Paris 2014-2016

In 2014, 2015, and 2016 we spent a few days in Paris (on the way to and from Brittany) and wandered the streets soaking up whatever presented itself, in an unsystematic way that approximated (without quite realizing it) the flâneur mode: Baudelaire's saunterer/stroller
When Walter Benjamin brought Baudelaire's conception of the flâneur into the academy, he marked the idea as an essential part of our ideas of modernism and urbanism. For Benjamin, in his critical examinations of Baudelaire's work, the flâneur heralded an incisive analysis of modernity, perhaps because of his connotations: "[the flâneur] was a figure of the modern artist-poet, a figure keenly aware of the bustle of modern life, an amateur detective and investigator of the city, but also a sign of the alienation of the city and of capitalism," as a 2004 article in the American Historical Review put it. Since Benjamin, the academic establishment has used the flâneur as a vehicle for the examination of the conditions of modernity—urban life, alienation, class tensions, and the like.
Bijan Stephen,
(and see also Death to the Flâneur Livingstone and Gyarkye



The Piper at the Gates of Eve



prolegomenon to any future kitchen renovation

prolegomenon to any future kitchen renovation

shoulder blades?

upon reflection

a touch of powder for the nose?