PARIS, LA 2
At the beginning of the year I spent some time in LA, surrounded by my friends and family, blissful lovers who filled me with inspiration to keep following the adventure of PARISLA. It was like a journey, an encounter, a lead-off taking place in an unfamiliar space. Being a newcomer was an energizing experience. The gigantic scale wasn’t frightening at all, it was actually reassuring — finally I could get lost. The way I look at the land, the way I fantasize about the land. How I act with new faces. This time ended up being an absolute and an authentic warm welcome.
I could say the issue is all about THE INTIMATE because when I look at the unconscious mood that emanates from most of the stories, I understand perfectly well the sensuous emotions that guide each all and of the contributors. On a trip to Death Valley, I imagined the incredible cinematic vision of a landscape mixed with Rodarte’s organic collections as a natural symbiosis, a scene from Zabriskie Point, shot at Zabriskie Point. The ingenious Todd Cole made the reverie come true with its own feeling. This issue’s poster, a collaboration between close friends Gardar Eide Einarsson and Oscar Tuazon, interposes the spokesman of the revolutionary Young Patriots organization with a vintage whiskey advertisement, celebrating the luxury of rebellion. Confidential friendship and cowboys. Even if a rodeo might be the last place to expect a quiet intimacy, Josh McNey captures the easy closeness between men, and his vision can’t be described as anything but pure love. And if love makes its own world, Hedi Slimane’s stark black and white vision of LA distills the vast spaces of the city down to their essence, giving a personal portrait of the city he’s now embracing. The hidden city is all around us: Anh Do lived upstairs from her neighbor John Tottenham before they ever really met, evidence of the implicit relationships that exist between strangers.
Over the course of my time in LA, I read Not Me by Eileen Myles, and it made me fall in love
Finally I was back to Paris with spring on its way. What I’ve discovered and I hope you will feel through this second issue of PARISLA, is that the intimate is not necessarily exclusive. It’s even the contrary. It’s just a way to live a life, to feel alive in a world that will never slow down. Out of necessity, because as human beings we simply move as fast as our hearts beat.
LIKE SOARING IN THE SKY
THE POET UPSTAIRS
SPEED AND POLITICS
BLAST OF SILENCE
AND BY WE I MEAN YOU
THE B SUITE