On Friday, 13 May 2011 at the La Casa di Delfo Italian restaurant, rue de la Trémoille, Paris, I had the pleasure of being speaker at the third in the current series of dinner-debates organised by the Cambridge Society of Paris. I spoke on ‘Walter Benjamin and the Parisian Arcades’, offering a new and informal version of a lecture I had earlier given in India (full text at: http://yatrarollason.info/files/BenjaminPassagesYatraversion.pdf ). I was most pleased with the reception of this talk and thank all who attended – including participants from the Oxford Society – and, in particular, the organiser of the event, Rosarita Cuccoli.
Note added 24 June 2011:
-Following my talk, I also had the pleasure of taking part, on 22 June 2011, in a guided tour of
some half-dozen of the arcades, organised by the Oxford Society of Paris (in collaboration with the
Cambridge Society). The guide was M. Christian Pattyn, expert on the arcades and former French national heritage
director. In addition, the day after I was able to visit an exhibition on the arcades, then as it happened
running at Le Louvre des Antiquaires –