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Wipe That Self Off Your Face

The face of the city: a façade is the exterior element of a building, often ornamental, that defines its aesthetic character. The importance of the façade increases with density. In an urban setting, often the façade of the building is all...
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Gypsies, Fleas & Trashpickers

Just beyond the northern city limits, a twenty-minute trip outside Paris takes you to Saint-Ouen. On a Saturday morning, you emerge from le metro confines into crowds hawking fake bags, watches, sneakers, and the fabulous flavor of illicit urban...
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Find Your Urban Soul

Saints and Souls. The Feast of All Souls’ Day. err… Halloween. So many memories come flooding, not all particularly wholesome nor particularly haunting, but none of them according to the tradition of honoring those we’ve lost. I’ve never...
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Passing Through

The process of passing through from one place to another. From one condition to another. Transit. A corridor. A portion or selection. Passage. The idea of passage is a preoccupation for me. Passage is the act directly before change, before...
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Nadja State of Mind

André Breton, French Surrealist author and poet, in his 1928 novel Nadja begins,"Who am I? If this once I were to rely on a proverb, then perhaps everything would amount to knowing whom I 'haunt.'" ...
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Love Song for the Homesick

Hotel Amour: bring me your worn leather jackets, tired model legs, subtle designer dark circles, and spiked loafers, your 50s shaved temples and side swoops, black bucket bags, and cheekbones. Welcome. Flow over my doorstep like autumn Paris...
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La Pluie

I spent a rainy evening watching people walk by under my window, looking down on their umbrellas and footsteps peeking out in turn from under, listening to les rumeurs de la ville drift up to me. ...
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Marcher avec vos Fantômes

The intensity of city life demands that you commit to it fully, embrace it wholly - its corners, its characters, its comedy - letting its life become yours and yours its, in a kind of noisy, concrete, stop-and-go symbiotic urban relationship. I...
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Hapsburg at Home

Coffee, a glass of water (to alter the coffee's strength, I recently discovered), cream pitcher, sugar cubes, and petite spoon, all on a silver tray, with a fruit streusel: beyond a perfect breakfast, a traditional Viennese coffeehouse evokes so...
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Red Bricktown Won’t Fall Down

Bricks are what rioters use to smash windows, what they throw at their aggressors, who are most often armed with more than clay. Bricks are also what I think of when I picture my hometown, St. Louis. Not for the recent riots taking place just...
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