Sunday, October 20


Paul Gavarni, Le Flâneur, 1842.
Wikipedia - "Flâneur (pronounced: [flanuʁ]), from the French noun flâneur, means 'stroller', 'lounger', 'saunterer', or 'loafer'. Flânerie refers to the act of strolling, with all of its accompanying associations. The flâneur was, first of all, a literary type from 19th century France, essential to any picture of the streets of Paris. It carried a set of rich associations: the man of leisure, the idler, the urban explorer, the connoisseur of the street. It was Walter Benjamin, drawing on the poetry of Charles Baudelaire, who made him the object of scholarly interest in the 20th century, as an emblematic figure of urban, modern experience. Following Benjamin, the flâneur has become an important figure for scholars, artists and writers."
The Arcades Project Project
The Paris Review: In Praise of the Flâneur
NYT: The Flâneur: A Stroll Through the Paradoxes of Paris By Edmund White
amazon - The Flaneur: A Stroll Through the Paradoxes of Paris by Edmund White
YouTube: Flâneur - Walter Benjamin