Our Paris: Sketches from Memory by Edmund White, Hubert Sorin

By Edmund White, Hubert Sorin

What occurs while one in all our so much celebrated writers combines abilities with a French artist and architect to catch lifestyles of their Parisian local? the result's a lighthearted, lightly satiric portrait of the guts of Paris -- together with the Marais, Les Halles, the 2 islands within the Seine, and the Châtelet -- and the folk who name it domestic. it's an enchantingly diversified international, populated not just by means of awesome literati and ultrachic couturiers and artwork buyers but additionally by means of poetic shopkeepers, grandmotherly prostitutes, and, ever underfoot, an irrepressible basset hound named Fred. The foibles and eccentricities of those occasionally outrageous, continuously memorable people are dropped at existence with unfailing wit and affection.

Below the outside of the glowing humor in Our Paris, there's a tragic undercurrent. whereas Hubert Sorin was once finishing this paintings, he was once nearing the tip of his fight with AIDS. The ebook is a tribute to the loving spirit with which the authors banished somberness and celebrated the pleasures in their lifestyles together.

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28 BangYourHead_FINAL 8/14/06 11:56 AM Page 29 CHAPTER three Pittsburgh on $25 a Day During the time I worked for the Burlington Recreation Department, the city was opening up a lot of public pools, because Lake Ontario was getting too polluted for swimming. There was a group of lifeguards — me, Rusty and some of his water-polo buddies — who would go around to the pool openings and do a little clown act to entertain the people. This was when I started to develop a sense of showmanship. With the confidence and self-esteem I had built up during my weight-training years, a sense of humor and a desire to get people’s attention was beginning to emerge in my personality.

Going on long trips wasn’t a thing ordinary people did back then. My love of travel eventually influenced my decision to become a pro wrestler, because it was a career that would allow me to go on the road. The first trip I took was at age , with my old golfing buddy Joe Cheesman. We stopped in Lexington, Kentucky, to see the Man of War Cemetery, 23 BangYourHead_FINAL 8/14/06 11:56 AM Page 24 BANG YOUR HEAD Calumet Farms, the underground caves, and the race tracks, then went on to Little Rock, Arkansas because we wanted to see the school integration that was going on.

Like I said before, my mother taught me to never tell lies or steal. And I was their top salesman, recently promoted to Special Accounts. Even thought this wasn’t really a criminal act on my part — because I didn’t really know anything about it, I was just holding the machines — the manager had no alternative but to let me go. I learned a lesson from that. Those guys had tried to use me, and I didn’t trust my own judgment enough to say no. But after I found out I could still be held responsible even if I didn’t know they were doing something wrong, I certainly never did anything like that again.

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