Jason (jcreed) wrote,
Jason
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While wandering out in the middle of Paris, sur la rue Rivoli, after I decided the Museé d'Orsay tickets line was too long, (at least for right now; I might try again later this afternoon) I found a McDo from the future. They have kiosks that let you order without talking to humans. It's great. Great like the grocery store checkout robots are great. Also there is, off to one side, an entire McDonald's-branded coffeeshop with incongruously non-crappy-looking coffeeshop snack items for sale.

Current touristy plan: find "Shakespeare and Co." bookstore.

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Edit: did indeed find it, and it was pretty adorable. They had a publicly-usable piano upstairs (!) so I played a bit and talked music with other piano nerds that happened by. Skimmed Pullman's "The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ". This seems like a pretty good review of it, but I take issue with two things. One, I had a definite feeling that "the stranger" is St. Paul, as organizer and "historian", but also that he played the role of St. John, the mystic, he of Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος, inserting truth into history. The other is that Pullman has to name the other brother "Christ", to avoid spoilering the fact that he is Judas. Anyway seemed like an okay book, but didn't stand on its own two feet the way His Dark Materials did.
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