The Enduring Ordinariness of Parisian Life


We’re defiant, but shaky. We can’t get over what we’ve seen, what we’ve heard, who we’ve lost, and we don’t really want to. But we’ll eventually get used to the fact that it happened. It will become part of our daily lives.

Over at Lit Hub, Lauren Elkin reflects on the writer George Perec and his observations on the stunning normalcy of life in Paris in times as traumatic as WWII. Despite the recent tragedies, a sense of the everyday quickly resumes, along with some meditations on what the future holds.

Victor Luo is a graduate of UC Davis's MA in Creative Writing program specializing in fiction. He lives in Los Angeles where he loves never having to be cold. More from this author →