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  • The emigrant's destiny: The foreign country has not become home, but home has become foreign.

    --Alfred Polger (d. 1955), Der Emigrant und die Heimat

    Emigranten-Schicksal: Die Fremde ist nicht Heimat geworden. Aber die Heimat Fremde.

    Between 2007 and 2009, I lived in Los Angeles after living in Paris for many years. My Paris blog (before and after my Los Angeles sojourn) is Rue Rude.

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  • David Harbour from "Revolutionary Road" at Jerry's Diner, trying to pay

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    Today's quotation

    • Our era has seen the birth of an ephemeral creature unknown to earlier centuries: the man coming out of the movie theater. The film he saw has given him everything. He is no longer the man who thinks only of himself. He is reconciled with others. He seems to have a great destiny before him. But he dies in ten minutes or so. The street is full of people who have not just come out of the movies. With their scowling looks, their indifference, their sly way of behaving, they encircle him, drowning him in their throng.

        --Turkish author Yusuf Atilgan (1921-1989) in his book Aylak Adam (1959)

    Le petit aperçu d'Ailleurs

    • Major floods in the Riviera killed at least 20 people last week; natural disaster declared Thursday 9 October. Another consequence of both global warming (more than one meter of rain fell on Marseilles in a day) and of the building of too much housing and too many roads in floodable areas.