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Jesse Sublett, surrealist, blues singer, noir fiction author

Jesse Sublett, surrealist, blues singer, noir fiction author Arles.

Jesse Sublett, surrealist, blues singer, noir fiction author

Moe ghosting the patio at chateau, St. Remy d’Pce

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Jesse Sublett, surrealist, blues singer, noir fiction author

Eygalieres, where we had our first 3 hour lunch. Provence is fine.

Jesse Sublett, surrealist, blues singer, noir fiction author

Agent Double-O-Ivan. Russian sniper camera, junk shop outside Eyaglieres.

Powered by 3 double espressos & too many chocolate croissants… Shopping in St. Germaine… sitting across from Musee d’Orsay… having a nice day, in general. The weather has cooled down quite a bit. Last week it was hot in Paris and also in Provence.

Jesse Sublett, surrealist, blues singer, noir fiction author

Bull painting in Arles shop. Cool. Bull iconography everywhere you look.

Every day, hiking through the markets in St. Remy d’Pce, Arlenes, & other villages, ending the day feeling like a baked potato. Fortunately the chateau where we were staying with P&I and Bob & Daphne has a pool, so after a quick immersion and some aperitifs, all was fine with the world again.

Jesse Sublett, surrealist, blues singer, noir fiction author

At the chateau, St. Remy d’Pce. Like I said, toreadors & bull imagery abounds.

I instantly dig the lifestyle here and other than everything costing about double, I find nothing to dislike. I was looking for a current corrida poster but did not score one. So many bookstores.

Jesse Sublett, surrealist, blues singer, noir fiction author

Powered by croissants & double espressos. Paris.

Yesterday after we arrived back in Paris we went walking and we must have passed at least half a dozen. Stopped in two of them this morning and bought a couple of really cool graphic novels.

Jesse Sublett, surrealist, blues singer, noir novelist

Moe aka Chavez, ghosting the chateau in St. Remy

Will write about them later and when we return, I’ll scan some pages and post them. Another book note, at Shakespeare & Company, I wormed my way into the teensy alcove or closet, whatever you want to call it, which is the poetry section there and checked for Anne Carson titles.

Jesse Sublett, surrealist, blues singer, noir fiction author

Iris the Messenger who brings Madness to Herakles to make him kill his family because Hera is fed up with this superhero trip he’s been on. Oh yeah, by Rodin at Musee Rodin in Paris.

It’s really hard to find more than one or two titles in any bookstores I’ve been to in the States lately.

Jesse Sublett, surrealist, blues singer, noir fiction author

Moe, aka Chavez, ghosting us in Paris.

Guess what? They had every single book Carson has in print. Bought one of them and spoke to the gal behind the counter who said the owner is a huge fan of Anne, so that’s why. Good for you guys. I bought GRIEF LESSONS (Four plays by Euripides, translated by Anne Carson, with intros and essays that are worth the price of the book, plus her translations of the plays are brutal, wicked, like classic Greek on meth. Awesome. Hysteria. Like running around outside naked when it’s raining razor blades. Anyway…).

Jesse Sublett, surrealist, blues singer, noir fiction author

Arles

Jesse Sublett, surrealist, blues singer, noir fiction author

Jesse Sublett, surrealist, blues singer, noir fiction author

Please note the souls being dragged off to Hell. Don’t let this happen to you.

Jesse Sublett, surrealist, blues singer, noir fiction author

Our first lunch in Provence. Yum.

Jesse Sublett, surrealist, blues singer, noir fiction author

Dorado. Great on the grill.

Jesse Sublett, surrealist, blues singer, noir fiction author

Dorado, grilled by Ivan, + sausages, salad, asparagus pasta, + other stuff.

 

Jesse Sublett, surrealist, blues singer, noir fiction author

The lavender people. Met this couple at the market in St. Remy d’Pce. See the purple car? They’re from Holland. They do this all the time. After taking their picture they said, We even buy purple toilet paper. We can’t get it in Holland. That’s Ivan on the left, synchronicity, wearing a purple Izod. Next day we saw them in Arles. Weird!

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