Saturday, January 03, 2009

Hemingway At The Select




As regular visitors know, I have given quite a bit of space on the blog to Paris cafe life. Hemingway and the expat crowd used the cafes as places to work, socialize, and establish a sense of community.
They also liked to drink, and after leaving Prohibition America they imbibed quite a bit in the cafes.
The Select was one of Ernest's favorite haunts. He went there for breakfast and frequently stayed to write or just catch up on the gossip.
Hemingway also put Jake Barnes and friends, from "The Sun Also Rises" at the Select.

A present day American expat, Rick Tulka, and co-author Noel Riley Fitch have written a book called "Paris cafe: The Select Crowd."
Rick has been generous enough to let me use the above illustration of Hem.
For a change of pace, I'm adding a link to a Youtube clip , so you can see the present day Select and Rick at work. I think that it is very enjoyable and I hope that you do, too.
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19 comments:

Marc said...

Hey! Best wishes for 20091

Great video...it's a shame of all those cafe's, but as you can see in the video, there are no young people comming into the cafe..just doesn't appeal to them I guess.

By the way here you can see my bohemian nose...http://www.zuidpier.net/colofon/

Nice to meet you after all this time!

Nikon said...

Hi Marc, I think that you visit here more than I do :-) I appreciate your friendship!
I took a look at your pic & you look fine :-)

GMG said...

Hi Paul! See you survived the food and the champagne, and entered 2009 in great shape! ;)) Happy New Year!
Great to see the new post! And the video is a treat!! For a long time I didn't had a look at Mad Magazine... But 90% less cafes in Paris, is starring...

Blogtrotter will be posting on Delhi the next weeks; lots to see… Hope you like it and wish you a great weekend!

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Shionge said...

I can see why he likes to hang out at the cafe....Parisian life I suppose as I tend to just stay out longer with my coffee watching the world goes by :D

cafe selavy said...

I've drunk in the Select. Your post fills me with an emotional uprising. This Spring, perhaps, it is time to go again. But of course, you know, I am enamored of the Cafe Life. C'est la vie.

Nikon said...

Hi Shionge, thanks for dropping by!
I checked out your new shots of Singapore - great photos!

Nikon said...

Selavy, I hope that you get to go back! I'd love to read what you have to say - I wish the whole gang of regulars could go together!

Kate said...

Spectacular. I loved the video! If I didn't love beaches so much, my choice definitely would be Paris. Perhaps I should make some changes, but MN winters are not easily tolerated by me and DH anymore.

I have seem a number of Paris cafe books, but I think I'll look for this one now. I love the drawings; how did you get permission? You are a clever man!! Thanks for this wonderful post!!

Nikon said...

Hello Kate,
Rick discovered my blog & we started to email back and forth - he told me about the book & when I saw the sketch of Hem, I had to ask if I could use it! He was gracious enough to say "no problem."

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Nikon said...

Thank you! Thanks for the visit!

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GMG said...

Hi Paul! New Year, Old Troubles... No, I’m not talking about the frosty weather, just the office... Another hectic week! ;)
Thanks for your comments at Blogtrotter, now with new posts on Delhi! Enjoy and have a great weekend!

ParisBreakfasts said...

Excellent to have a post on Rick!
How appropriate.
If only Rick was around in Hemingway's time...
That would be the best...

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Eel Wind said...

having a hot cuppa coffee in a shop while raining is always the best feeling ilustrators can potray in a picture. Because in real life, it is a very enjoyable moment! :)

Nikon said...

Thanks for the visit Elwin!
It is a great illustration isn't it?

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