Sunday, June 03, 2012
Jack Kerouac's lone Sunday in Avignon
Even if you fancy yourself a lucky traveller, take our humble advice : don't expect too much from Avignon on a Sunday afternoon. Shops are all closed, including those in the main tourist streets, where small groups of disoriented would-be shoppers wander clutching their citymaps and useless wallets. Plan your Sunday ahead, find out about village fairs and shows. Try our local undergroud cinema, Utopia, located next door from our building on 5, rue Figuiere : they have mostly English-language movies with french subtitles. ( 'On the road'**, will be on show there until June, 26). And... beware of vending machines : those contraptions haven't improved that much since 1957, and nowadays we do have a few cafes open on Sundays !.
( *Gerald Nicosia, Memory babe, chap 11, 1983, Grove Press. )
(**On the road, 2012, from the 1952 novel by Jack Kerouac, directed by Walter Salles, with Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Sturridge, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, Alice Braga, Steve Buscemi, official selection at the Cannes Festival.)
The picture above is from an ad for the book, not the film.