Opening Riff

Un chalereux salut de Paris and a warm welcome to Continental Riffs. I like to imagine it as a bar on one of those side streets, name you can’t remember, long counter, maybe a little dark, discrete, the place you find when you need it. You’re here. I hope you’ll find Paris, and Europe, challenging and enlivening.

No matter what the event there must be witness.

What exactly is Europe ? A conglomeration of countries ? And France, can you get to know it ? Can Europe be written about in such a way as to interest Americans, who make up the majority of visitors to Substack ? For many in the angloparlante world, there is a second France, a cloud France, that exists alongside the real thing. Is it possible that writing from Europe might make things clearer, more vital ?     

The Wheelhouse

After publishing a good twenty articles on Substack, here’s the new Plan :

Portraits of the city of Paris. Starting with Père Lachaise for the anniversary of the Commune, Riffs will offer a living portrait of the old town. Requests will be taken. 

Stop Time : One visit per week to an artist working and living in or near Paris (and yes, after confinement, further afield). A portrait of culture in the making, with photos and text. 

I’ll continue with the Passing Acquaintances series and reportage on current events. Subscription at 5 Euros a month is a steal, and easy through Substack. You can cancel at any time. 

You can find my articles on Medium, Counterpunch, as well as other, more obscure corners of the internet. My comic anti-detective novel, Le Plouc de Paris is looking for a home. Drop a line when you stop by.

For those interested, I published twelve books of translations from Spanish, wrote for magazines small, medium and large in the U.S. and published my own revues, literary and otherwise;  you can find my articles on Medium, Counterpunch, as well as other, more obscure corners of the internet. My comic anti-detective novel, Le Plouc de Paris is looking for a home. The Writer’s Exchange is something I’d like to talk about but as of now I’m concentrating on building the Substack site. New Years resolution and all that jazz. 

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