Angels in Disguise

Ruth was taking a long weekend from au pairing in Italy and decided to visit Paris. She sent me pictures from Shakespeare and Company, maybe the most famous bookstore in the world. The store supported many great writers including James Baldwin, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, T.S. Eliot, Samuel Becket and Anais Nin and was the first to publish Joyce’s Ulysses. The quote above the door, a paraphrase from the Bible, was hand-printed by store owner, George Whitman who died in 2011 at the age of 98. Whitman openly welcomed visitors and by his own estimate lodged some 40,000 people. I’ve never had the chance to visit but from afar it seems the embodiment of what so many of us hold dear. (Photo by Ruth Hays)