Flâneur

To walk is to vegetate,
to stroll is to live.
—Balzac

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“In the tradition of literary flâneurs—Walt Whitman, Fran Lebowitz, Alfred Kazin, Joseph Mitchell, the Beastie Boys—Flâneur seeks to scrutinize the city, to evoke the essence of the street. And to encourage flaneurial behavior, whether detached observation or decadent gadding about.

Of course, there’s more to flanerie than loafing. As evidence, and as exhortation, I offer a passage from the first (and possibly sole) issue of Le Flâneur, a newspaper published in Paris on May 3, 1848:

To go out strolling, these days, while puffing one’s tobacco, while dreaming of evening pleasures, seems a century behind the times. We are not the sort to refuse all knowledge of the customs of another age; but, in our strolling, let us not forget our rights and our obligations as citizens. The times are necessitous; they demand all our attention, all day long.

Flâneurs, unite.”

Lawrence Levi
Editor
Flâneur
Brooklyn, New York

[Parenthesis:]

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“The Lance Project consists of images of young men who resemble in some small way my friend Lance. The images constitute a composite portrait of him. Though I knew Lance for eight years, he died without my ever having his photograph.”

The Lance Project
by Mindy Tucker
@ Flâneur

Images © 2000-2004 Flâneur and the authors.

[Thanks TPB]

2 thoughts on “Flâneur

  1. Your pictures in the Lance Project are quite compelling and moving; but you don’t provide any background as to who Lance was to you and what his life and death meant.

  2. “The Lance Project consists of images of young men who resemble in some small way my friend Lance. The images constitute a composite portrait of him. Though I knew Lance for eight years, he died without my ever having his photograph.”

    The Lance Project
    by Mindy Tucker

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