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How Armistice Day Affected my View of Hemingway’s Novel

In The Art of Travel, Paris, 11. Second book by AmyLeave a Comment

Paris recently celebrated the centennial anniversary of Armistice day, or the end of World War I, on November 11th, 2018. While the politically charged energy has waned over the past hundred years, I still tried to imagine what Paris must have been like on that day in 1918. I thought of Ernest Hemingway’s “The Sun also Rises,” and of disillusioned …

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Fenced In

In The Art of Travel, Paris, 9. Bubbles by Amy1 Comment

This week’s prompt reminded me of an Ai WeiWei exhibit titled ‘good fences make good neighbors.’ In early 2017, the artist erected a series of fence-like structures throughout New York, in an effort to make a statement about the political landscape surrounding immigration in the U.S. The way I interpreted the art was essentially that fences in general make for …

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A Glimpse of Paris Past

In The Art of Travel, Paris, 10. The Art of Place by AmyLeave a Comment

Many years ago I took an art class as an extracurricular outside of school. During the weekly hour long sessions, we would briefly learn an introduction about an artist and then spend that class imitating the artist’s specialty. We created portfolio’s of mock Pollock’s, Cezanne’s, and Van Gogh’s. As a nine year old girl, I was particularly drawn to Edgar …

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Travel Mishaps

In The Art of Travel, Paris, 8. Troubles by Amy1 Comment

The logistics of travel always seem to be more complicated than at first outlook. A nine am flight simply means a full day in your new destination, until it is six am and you come to the realization that you’ve forgotten your passport midway through the drive to the airport. Charles De Gaulle is farther and more expensive to get …

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Hemingway’s Paris in 2018

In The Art of Travel, 6. First Book, Paris by Amy1 Comment

If I were to write like Hemingway, I would start with this cafe. Small, dark eyes are watching me from above and below, with heads bobbing back and forth. They are all waiting for the same thing, maybe a piece of bread or cheese to fall off my plate, and in anticipation they anxiously shuffle around with grey and purple …

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National Identity Crisis

In 5. Political, The Art of Travel, Paris by Amy1 Comment

As much as I see France as a beautiful country, full of bountiful opportunity for me, it is not viewed as such by a plethora of other peoples. French nationalism often gives way to racist undertones, a problem the country has been struggling with for a long time. Just some seventy years ago was the Algerian war fought against French …

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In 4. Genius Loci, The Art of Travel, Paris by Amy1 Comment

The sartorial expressions of a group of people surely make a statement about the culture in which they live. Style can be an indicator of a subculture, like the Teddy Boys in England during the 60’s. Anthropologically speaking, the politics of dress, music, and the other categories that fall under the overarching term ‘culture’, show an interplay of symbols and …

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Politics of the French Language

In 3. Language, The Art of Travel, Paris by Amy1 Comment

As a linguistics major, the topic of this week’s assignment delighted me. I have a lot of opinions on the status of “national languages,” and the linguistic superiority and prejudice rooted within this idea. It is often ingrained in U.S. culture that English is a language of superiority, with the rise of the “English-only” movement which stresses nationalism, in the …

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New City Quirks

In 2. Wayfinding, The Art of Travel, Paris by Amy1 Comment

It is curious to think that before I arrived in Paris, it was a still bustling city moving on without me. My arrival did not disrupt anything. The monuments, the cafes, and the people were all here before me, but I have trouble conceptualizing that. It became a real place as soon as I walked off the plane, but before …