Flâneuse: Women Walk the City by Lauren Elkin

Flâneuse byLauren Elkin

A flâneuse is, in Lauren Elkin’s words, “a determined resourceful woman keenly attuned to the creative potential of the city, and the liberating possibilities of a good walk.” Virginia Woolf called it “streethaunting,” Holly Golightly epitomized it in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Patti Smith did it in her own inimitable style in 1960s New York.

Part cultural meander, part memoir, Flâneuse traces the relationship between singular women and their cities as a way to map her own life—a journey that begins in New York and takes us to Paris, via Venice, Tokyo, and London—including the paths beaten by such flâneuses as the cross-dressing, nineteenth-century novelist George Sand, the Parisian artist Sophie Calle, the journalist Martha Gellhorn, and the writer Jean Rhys. With tenacity and insight, Elkin creates a mosaic of what urban settings have meant to women, charting through literature, art, history, and film women’s sometimes liberating, sometimes fraught relationship to the metropolis.

The Guardian – A tribute to female flâneurs: the women who reclaimed our city streets.
The Guardian invites one to share.

Tanbou Toujou Lou: Meringue, Kompa Kreyol, Vodou Jazz, & Electric Folklore from Haiti 1960 – 1981

Ostinato Records released Tanbou Toujou Lou.
Here is a sampler:

The Afropop review.

Also, Afropop(CC Smith and Gerard Tacite Lamothe) republished their research from 1986 in Haiti, as a kind of companion to Ostanito’s Tanbou and Strut’s Haiti Direct.

Also Ostinato has this 44 mins set – Afrophonia Vol. 2 1968 – 1982: Black Atlantic Rhythms from Cuba to Angola

KCRW’s Rhythm Planet has this nice set.

Michelle Obama at Democratic National Convention 2016 in Philadelphia



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