Travel notesIssue 06 | August 2009

From Paris, A Travel Misguide

by Adam Shechter

I ask a Jew on the street where we might find additional synagogues. He is nice and slightly effervescent but speaks no English. He refers me to one who feigns explanation, up this block and down that one and to the right. His instructions are false and laden with intentional confusion.

Yiddish Paris maintains its schismatic quotidian. A handful of Jewish shops disintegrate among the perfumeries and couture showcases. Jewish deli meats sit elegantly in the windows like French cheeses—a Jewish bookstore offers books in clean spare symmetry. Drifting among the falafel-gobbling tourists, the Jews perform the Diasporic ritual of exclusive anxiety. They offer no center, but are the point of origin I am always passing through.

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About the author

Adam Shechter is from Unbrooklyn, the imperceptible imperialist brownstone aesthetic of 1989, Prospect Park West benches by Carroll Street. He is also the editor of the online journal, The Blue Jew Yorker. Recent publications include Exquisite Corpse and Ashe Journal. More at Adam’s personal site.

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