In a coffeehouse, "The Last Time I Saw Paris" is playing
on the radio.
is often rainy in Paris and Modigliani
used to walk about under a large and
very old umbrella.
It is a photograph of Giacometti that
comes to mind. Taken a six months before the sculptor died, he
a rainy Parisian street with a raincoat pulled over his head like
a cowl. In a different
century, a different city, I wear a raincoat, but I also carry
a very old umbrella.