An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris

Early work by Perec wherein he commits to sitting in a cafe and describing what is happening around him for a few days. The first day, obsession with the rigid frequency of buses provide the structure around which the other random bits are hung. An attempt to organize thoughts (what is visible? trajectories, colors). Unsure if the people he sees on subsequent days are those he saw the day before, but sure that the birds are the same.”There are people who read while walking, not a lot, but a few.” The best bits are where he puts some personality behind his observations, “why are two nuns more interesting than two other people?” A delightful breath mint of a book, a grand idea, I was curious to see how he’d execute it, and perhaps will parody something along these lines. Imitation/flattery/etc.
Recommended by a staff member of Spoonbill and Sugartown.