Nobody will tell you in Saint Germain-des-Pres. Nobody knows anything. The existentialists themselves don't know the answer. They sell some books, run up some debts, act as some valet in a Sartre play and bury some poor old aunt who forgot to disinherit them.
Perhaps at the end of the day it is enough to be an existentialist to exist . . .
From Boris Vian: manuel de Saint-Germain-des-Pres, edited by Noel Arnaud, (Chene)
(Research by Kate Oldfield)