Charlie Would Have Laughed

January 12, 2015 2:04 PM

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We were talking about poetry when the French woman on the train shamed us.

All day Thursday and Friday sirens were the backbeat of our writing seminar at NYU-in-Paris. That European siren -- the one that sounds like an air-raid warning from a World War II movie -- had bled into the day, infecting each moment with the harsh reminder that writers are not safe here.

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