Dear friends,

August 30, 2013 | By Antonin Baudry

According to the French Renaissance philosopher Montaigne, friendship is a relationship that is in itself an end, never a means to an end. In friendship, two souls join so smoothly that they efface the seam that joined them and can no longer find it again. 

Filled with picnics and lingering outdoor dinners, summer—the beloved season we will soon leave behind—stitches us together. 

May you continue to revel in friendship through all seasons, even as the leaves change. Stop by Cab Chats, an event for the New Literature Festival’s 10th Anniversary in November.  Travel through Dumbo, Brooklyn with un ami in a swanky car, feasting your ears on the prose of some of Europe’s newest and most accomplished literature.  All texts will be narrated by the author, sitting in the passenger seat.

The first volume of Proust’s epic In Search of Lost Time was published one hundred years ago.  To celebrate its centennial, Swann’s Way: A Nomadic Reading brings French and American authors, writers, artists, scholars, and Proust fans to a different location in Manhattan every evening for a week of three-hour readings. Come along to the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx, the SoHo Rep. theater, and more dazzling venues…

As we leave summer’s inebriating warmth this September, may your spirits remain as light as Rimbaud’s Bateau Ivre, the Drunken Boat.  With joy and playfulness, the little boat at the center of Rimbaud’s epic poem narrates, "Plus léger qu’un bouchon, j’ai dansé sur les flots".  Lighter than a cork, I danced on the waves. May literature and art rejuvenate you this fall! 

“Et dès lors, je me suis baigné dans le Poème".  And from that time on I bathed in the Poem.   

Antonin Baudry

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