Writer Edmund White's Fifteen Years in Paris

Friday, May 23, 2014

View of Paris with the tower taken from the roof of Printemp department store (Flickr/lukechanchan)

When Edmund White moved to Paris in 1983, leaving New York City in the midst of the AIDS crisis, he was 43 years old, couldn’t speak French, and only knew two people in the entire city. When he left 15 years later he was fluent in French, was a working journalist, and had made the acquaintance of everyone from Yves Saint Laurent to Catherine Deneuve to Michel Foucault. Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris is his memoir about his experiences.


Edmund White

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khadija Boyd from brooklyn

Indeed! One has to bestow permission from "vous" to "toi". It's kinda a measure of distance and trust. When I trust, I say to my friends (actually my child's friends) vous pouvez me tutoyer; illico presto; j'ai d'autres chats a fouetter; illicits an instant smile; they continue to vouvoayer moi, then drop their guard, and its delightful. Lovely interview. Merci
k, originally from Rabat, Morocco

May. 23 2014 01:18 PM

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