What you (may have) missed on 3:AM recently:
Fiction: ‘Herd’ by David E. Oprava
Reviewed: Max Dunbar on John G Hall’s Bang!, Jennifer Burns’ Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right & Glenn Fitzpatrick’s Arts and Mines: From Hell and Beyond, A Personal Odyssey
The English subtitle, I’m not sure I like it so much, because it looks backward, like a historical guide, which the book is not – at least, I didn’t want it to be that. I don’t know if I succeeded. But walking and the city is not a new story, but it’s not such an old story either. It begins at the end of the 18th Century with Rousseau, with Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, with Sébastien Mercier. Before, of course there were people who walked in the city, but the city was not the subject of literature, of writing. There were no guides. There were excellent historical books on Paris since a very very long time [ago]. But even in novels which are located in Paris, there was almost nothing on the city itself. It was not a subject, until the end of the 18th century. Since then, yes, of course: every book which is located in Paris has many figures walking in the city; it’s become completely usual.
First posted: Sunday, March 21st, 2010.