“We ate well and cheaply and drank well and cheaply
and slept well and warm together and loved each other”
I’ve had Paris on my mind lately. I’ve just finished re-reading A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway and, although I have never been to Paris myself, I always feel a little nostalgic for it after reading Hemingway’s descriptions of small cafes where a writer can work (unless they get interrupted by a chatty friend), long walks along the river, and a happy life where good food, good wine, good books, good art, and cheap, simple pleasures can be found if you know where to look for them.
We would be together and have our books and at night be warm
in bed together with the windows open and the stars bright.
In addition to being Hemingway’s love letter to the city of Paris, A Moveable Feast also is a great book for writers, book lovers and literary types and is full of Hemingway’s thoughts on writing and the books he was reading, and gossipy accounts of his encounters and relationships with other great writers and poets of the Lost Generation, including Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
‘Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is
write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.’
(Speaking of Fitzgerald, I was just in the middle of reading the chapters on F. Scott Fitzgerald when I found out that today was the 90th anniversary of the publication of The Great Gatsby and I would like to invite you to join me in raising a teacup in honor of the occasion.)
Of course, all good things must come to an end and that is true of both Hemingway’s time in Paris and the book he wrote about it but because I love it so much and because, as Audrey Hepburn tells me, “Paris is always a good idea” I made two literary note cards inspired by my favorite quotes from A Moveable Feast.
And don’t miss this Etsy treasury I put together as a tribute to A Moveable Feast. Until next time, au revoir mes amis and remember:
If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you for Paris is a moveable feast.
A treasury of Paris themed items in honor of one of my favorite Ernest Hemingway quotes. Please help me promote these wonderful Etsy artists by clicking, commenting, liking, and sharing this treasury.
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