SPECIAL: Notre Dame

What is the value of a society unable to preserve and transmit its most precious asset?! – Jacques Attali (French Economist and Writer)

Sad to hear about the fire at Notre Dame over the last couple of days. I’m grateful to have seen it/her in its/her original state during my brief tenure at George Whitman’s Shakespeare and Co bookstore back in the day. The view across to Notre Dame was pretty amazing even on a white skied day which as you can imagine were plentiful in the freezing Paris spring of 2000. Here’s hoping for a carefully planned but speedy reconstruction – along with Glasgow School of Art!

Final words again from Attali…

..the 400 firefighters who have found themselves in a situation to avoid the total destruction of Notre-Dame De Paris will be able to say: my life has been useful to humanity.



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