La Vie Boheme

Living at Shakespeare & Co. in Paris.

Churning through Ulysses on a second floor balcony beneath the looming façade of Notre Dame, I was interrupted by a pianist hammering out rhythmic jazz in harmony with a frenzied drumbeat from below. Following the staircase down to the piano, I encountered Camal, the bookshop’s carpenter. His toolbox lay locked at his side; instead of repairing the two poetry shelves that had collapsed the day before, he sat on the corner stair beating a make-shift drum in time to the pouring summer rain. Instead of. . . Read more
Jessica Svendsen