Paris Post War: Art and Existentialism 1945-55
Tuesday 29 June 1993
It means that Boubal has been conquered by America, completely overpowered . . . People come from the four corners of the earth and especially from the New World to see the 'artists'.
Boubal patiently made his fortune selling cafes creme to the two thousand poets of the sixth arrondissement. But what a lesson in patience this type of existentialism is] Of course everyone knows that the Saint-Germain-des-Pres crowd is both boozy and short of money. They have a talent for freeloading that is beyond most of us. Boubal reckons that if you send out a hundred invitations to a party in Saint-Germain-des-Pres you can expect to have to provide drinks for a good one thousand under-age alcoholics. But within these thousand under-age alcoholics there is most certainly a young genius hiding. This genius, five years later, will attract a good ten thousand Americans. That is the trick . . .
From an article headed 'Revolution a Saint-Germain-des-Pres' in Samedi Soir, 2 July 1949. Translated by Emmanuelle Lepic.
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