PARIS–“Paris in the winter is for connoisseurs of melancholy,” wrote the American author Irwin Shaw. “…lovers soon to be parted, merchants on the edge of bankruptcy, poets caught between rhymes and remittance men caught between checks…”
“Winter, like unhappiness,” he added, “is more biting in Paris than elsewhere.”
Shaw’s bleak musings appear in Paris! Paris!—a compilation of his essays dedicated to the City of Light that hit bookstores in 1977—decades before a global pandemic would tear across the world and shut some of most storied capitals, Paris among them. Reading Shaw’s morose, anti-lover letter to a Parisian winter here in 2021 fills me with an odd mélange of recognition, empathy, and annoyance.
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