UK 2008, 214 pp., brochure, € 12.30Kostenloser Versand innerhalb Österreichs.
White, who lived in Paris for 16 years, wanders through the avenues and along the quays, into parts of the city virtually unknown to visitors and indeed to many locals, luring the reader into the fascinating and seductive backstreets of his personal Paris. The organizing principle is the combined force of White's perception, imagination, frame of reference and voice. He moves seamlessly from an eyeglasses museum to the Hotel de Lauzun - home to Baudelaire as a young man - and a discussion of the poet's dandyism and struggle with syphilis. White includes personal memories and anecdotes of gay Paris - past and present. White describes his own favorite cruising spots as well as those of Louis XIV's homosexual brother, and notes that Napoleon officially decriminalized homosexuality. Other gems include a visit to the street where Colette lay bedridden with arthritis and spied on Cocteau across the way, and a discussion of the expatriation of African-Americans like Josephine Baker and James Baldwin. White's charming book is for literati, voyeurs and aesthetes, and for travelers who love familiar terrain from a different viewpoint.