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Monday, September 13, 2010

a small displacement...

And so LI moved to Paris…

Lucretius might have been a hard taskmaster when it came to superstition, calling upon man to surpass the “flaming limits of the world” and not to piss himself before the vain phantom of the angry gods – but he did have a fearful appreciation of the power of love, with its invisible, hounding movement. “Hence into the heart distilled the drop/Of Venus’ sweetness, and numbing heartache followed./For if what you love is absent, none the less/ Its images are there, and the sweet name/Sounds in your ears.”

Amen to that! Lucretius, drawing an ascetic’s conclusion from the naturalist stance, taught us to resist the drop of Venus’ sweetness – or so some claim. LI, however, drew the opposite conclusion – we have had more than enough of numbing heartache in our life, and so we didn’t hesitate to follow A. to Paris, merrily throwing away clothes and books, giving away our paltry possessions, and in general reducing the hurly burly of our, shall we say, middle aged existence to the order of two packed suitcases, plus a laptop in a knapsack purchased from Target for thirty nine dollars.

And so the city I have imagined, the exemplum of the artificial paradise, Baudelaire’s cite des reves en plein jour, is a place I casually get ripped off in, purchasing meatballs from the Italian deli down the street.

It is here, I hope, that I will get much more done on the Human Limit, as well as making a superhuman effort to edit many many more papers and books – for the prices of Paris truly are beyond the flaming limits of the world.

On the other hand, what price could possibly be attached to biking, on a lovely autumn afternoon, with my love through the streets up to Paris-Bercy and the BN – observing the absurd names that are attached to things (Simone de Beauvoir’s passerelle, Josephine Baker’s piscine – heartbreakingly, some restaurant that calls itself Jules et Jim (o the exploitation!) in a complex of cinemas, MK2.

And so I have arrived...

8 comments:

northanger said...

paris? i leave you alone, for just a little bit, and off you go gallivanting.

roger said...

Well, you know how it is North. One day you wake up and go, basta! L'amerique is goin to hell in a handbasket! I'm exiting, stage left. And the next thing you know you are sitting in Paris.

northanger said...

The King and the City in the Parisian Royal Entry Ceremony

…crowned Henry II, at the entrance side of the Painter's Gate arch, a personification of Paris called attention to the city as the prop for the dynasty. This goddess offered the king, who passed through the arch, the silver ship of Paris in gesture of the citizens' gift «à leur Roy de leurs vies, personnes, et biens en toute humilité». She also held under her arms a book and fasces to represent the University and the «Senat e Parlement» residing in the city. At her feet a dog and a cock called attention to the humility and vigilance of the city's government. Paris stood forth, according to a Greek caption on the entablature above its personification, as the «Mother of Piety, of Wisdom, and of Justice». The commentary of the livret called attention to the signs that called Paris «la grand cité des artz», of peace, justice, and prosperity.

The reverse of the arch with Charles IX enthroned forecast the fruits of the dynastic policies established by the rulers on the entrance side. In passing through the arch the king could see astrological signs predicting the extension of his dominion; in the words of Vergil, «He shall see all things under the sun, in its daily course from Eastern to Western sea, roll obedient beneath his feet». Appropriately, Apollo was in the paintings along with deities who supported the royal scepter. Outside, in the program at the top of the arch, the enthroned king's brother, Henry, duke of Anjou, held two laurels and a sword in a prefiguration of his destiny to possess a «new kingdom». Thus Virtù and Fortune had marked him for Poland, as they had the elder brother for France. François, duke of Alençon, the brother on the other side, had a star to announce his glorious prospects. In Greek, beneath this royal group, a Janus-faced Hermes Trismegistus («Mercure d'Egypt») with both a young and an old visage cautioned «Nothing without counsel», reminding the young rulers that past policies shaped future prospects. On the façade, Astraea, goddess of justice, announced the dawning of a new golden age since, as the emblems indicated, «the noises and dissensions have been cut away by the profit of peace». Opposite the goddess, the French diety Aglaie or Public Happiness (liesse publique) celebrated the «honneste liberté» of public — and presumably secular — amusements among the…


godspeed

northanger said...

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northanger said...

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northanger said...

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northanger said...

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northanger said...

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