The alternative publisher, university lecturer, counterculture connoisseur and supper club legend shares some literary learning from over 30 years in Paris
A long-term Paris expat, retired lecturer in sexual politics and media studies Jim Haynes is a bit of a local legend, not least for the Sunday night supper club that he has been running for over 30 years. When asked how he ended up in Paris, he says 'there is a long answer and a short answer. The short answer is that I was invited to be a visiting professor at the newly created University of Paris 8 way back in 1969 and I said OK and here I am still. The long answer is much more complicated and involves Edinburgh, London and Amsterdam. If you are really interested, see my website or read my autobiography, 'Thanks for Coming!'' What Jim's reading right now:
Alan Furst's spy novels Furst's thirteen plus books are set mainly in Paris just before the second World war, but they are 100% superb. One of his latest, 'Mission to Paris', bristles with plot, characters and atmosphere.
'Tropic of Cancer' by Henry Miller And finally I must say I love Henry Miller's 'Tropic of Cancer'. I have read it four times (in my teens in Louisiana), in my 20s in Edinburgh, in my 30s in London and in my 40s in Paris. Same book but different me. I loved it each time. It was published eighty years ago, but I find it as fresh as ever. Hey, it's time for me to read it again...