Commonplace

“He was a country boy. That was it. Actually, he came from Wilmington, Delaware; but he was a country boy nevertheless. I’m sure there are some people, some basic country types, who bring the whole countryside into wherever they’re living as easily as some city types do the same thing the other way around. At least he could. And in Paris: the Paris that I had hitherto seen alternately as the rich man’s plaything, the craftsman’s tool, the artist’s anguish, and the world’s largest champagne factory, he managed to turn into a country village. His studio, unpromisingly wedged into the heart of the Boulevard Raspail, somehow became his farmhouse; the Select his General Store; and the dear old Ancient, the Crackerbarrel Sage.”

—Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Athens, GA. His work has been published in RogerEbert.com, Bookslut, The Comics Journal, Salon, The Baseball Chronicle, Jackson Free Press, and Valley Voices: A Literary Review. Follow him on Twitter (@walter_biggins), and check out his bimonthly newsletter (https://tinyletter.com/Walter_Biggins).
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