Today is October 18, 2016. Fourty two years ago on the day, writer George Perec sat in the cafes and benches of Place Saint-Sulpice and tried to take note of everything that he saw. These notes, taken over three days would become the book An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris.
Today I visited Saint-Sulpice. I sat where Perec could have sat, or certainly where I would have been seen by him. I walked through Rue Saint-Sulpice recording audio of my footsteps while I simultaneously tried to take note of everything that passed by me, and that I passed by.
The weather was similar to how he described it in 1974, "dry cold. grey sky. some sunny spells."