Fortnight in Paris: Reflections

The last blog post I made was right before I got on a plane to Paris to do archival research. And now, after two weeks, I have the opportunity to reflect a little bit on the time I spent there. It was a fantastic blur of research, sight-seeing, and LOTS of walking. I...

An American in Paris

As I was researching jazz music, I saw references to Langston Hughes’ autobiography The Big Sea. 1 In it, he describes his arrival to Paris in February 1924. He details finding work and housing, discovering the jazz scene and the city, and finding love. Using his...

Non-Parisian Parisians

What exactly delineates Parisians from their immigrant counterparts?   Long ago, as I started looking into the spread of immigrant population within the city limits of Paris (say, two, maybe three weeks ago?), I knew that I would encounter certain difficulties. For...

Music in the Catacombs

As we’ve been researching these past few weeks, I have made it a personal goal to try and find music in untraditional spaces in Paris. This quest began for me in the catacombs. I had always thought of these tunnels as irksome dungeons under the streets of Paris...