We were inspired....

 Abby and I agreed to co-write something, and then the question became...what will we write?

Late one night, Abby sent me these three pictures and nothing else. I emailed back and said, "Paris, 1950", and with that, we were off and running.
We exchanged over 75 emails in 6 days, plus countless gmail chats and at the end of it, we had the outline of the story hashed out.

Musician in the Rain


Île de la Cité, Square du Vert-Galant and Pont Neuf

Square du Vert-Galant is the green, tree-filled park at the tip of Île de la Cité on the left.

Square du Vert-Galant

To a Stranger

To A Stranger- Walt Whitman
Passing stranger! you do not know how longingly I look upon you,
You must be he I was seeking, or she I was seeking (It comes to me as a dream)

I have somewhere surely lived a life of joy with you,
All is recall'd as we flit by each other, fluid, affectionate, chaste, matured,

You grew up with me, were a boy with me or a girl with me,
I ate with you and slept with you, your body has become not yours only nor left my body mine only,

You give me the pleasure of your eyes, face, flesh as we pass, you take of my beard, breast, hands, in return,

I am not to speak to you, I am to think of you when I sit alone or wake at night, alone
I am to wait, I do not doubt I am to meet you again, I am to see to it that I do not lose you.




Edward Painting on the Seine

Edward's Quai


Café de Flore

You Stepped Out of a Dream

 Edward at Club le Tabou

Club le Tabou

Jazz Musicians, 1950's

Dexter Gordon

Miles Davis

Dizzie Gillespie

Chet Baker

Art Blakey

Jazz Combo, 1950

Jazz Musicians, 1950

Wilen, Clarke and Davis

She Didn't Say Yes, She Didn't Say No

 The Cat

Thanks to Daisy3853 for the photo help

A Night at Club St. Germain

Be-bop en cave, Saint-Germain-des-Près- Robert Doisneau, 1951


Chet Baker

A note about Chet Baker:
We've tried to be historically accurate with as many of the details as possible in this story. Chet Baker was an American jazz musician, a trumpet player and vocalist, who did play in Europe in the 1950's. However, it is unlikely that he was in Paris as early as 1950, when this story takes place, so we nudged his timeline forward for the sake of the story just a bit.
He was however, a known heroin user and his drug use led to the early demise of his highly successful career. He had a comeback in the 1970's but remained addicted to drugs his entire life. He died from a fall from a hotel room window in the Netherlands in 1988.

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Professor Seagull

 Esme's House


Edward at Esme's House

A Night at Esme's



The character of Julian in this chapter is not original. He is lovingly and reverently borrowed from Joseph Mitchell. Mitchell, a writer for the New Yorker, wrote an article in the early 50’s about a real life New York eccentric named Joe Gould. The article was later included in his brilliant collection of writings from The New Yorker, Up In the Old Hotel. The chapter about Joe Gould in that book was titled Professor Seagull.

The Real Joe Gould

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Lush Life

Edward's Garret
Although the stereotype of the Parisian artist's garret seems common enough, I had a hard time finding just the right photo of Edward's garret, at least how I envisioned it. So I settled instead on a collection of photos, to give you the feel of his attic.

The View from Edward's Skylight

Parisian Artist Lofts