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Appointments To Keep in the Past

atget-rue-de-valenceEugene Atget, Rue de Valence, circa 1920s

From W.G. Sebald’s Austerlitz:

If I am walking through [Paris] and look into one of those quiet courtyards where nothing has changed for decades, I feel, almost physically, the current of time slowing down in the gravitational field of oblivion.  It seems to me then as if all the moments of our life occupy the same space, as if future events already existed and were only waiting for us to find our way to them at last, just as when we have accepted an invitation we duly arrive in a certain house at a given time.  And might it not be, continued Austerlitz, that we also have appointments to keep in the past, in what has gone before and is for the most part extinguished, and we must go there in search of places and people who have some connection with us on the far side of time, so to speak?

This is my way of saying I will be in Paris for a week – walking, not blogging.

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  1. Have a good time and take some pictures of Gare d’Austerlitz and the new ‘librarie Nationale’.

    February 21, 2009
  2. Thanks for sharing your adventure. Looking forward to many pictures and stories. Will check back often for updates.


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