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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A Movement in the City

posted by on June 11 at 14:57 PM

It’s nice to see black flâneurie sprouting in Seattle.
As I have written before, whites tend to be coded as flâneurs, city strollers, those who have the time and freedom to move about and absorb city scenes. Blacks, on the other hand, are coded as loiterers, those who hang out on a street corner or in front of a convenience store watching the city go by. Even if the urban practice of loitering has hardened into a custom, a cultural fact, much of it crumbles when more and more of the city opens up, when one is free to move about, when one can go and see this and that scene.

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I prefer to be an auteur not a haineur.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 11, 2008 3:25 PM

Whose code? Yours or mine, joker?

Posted by Ziggity | June 11, 2008 3:33 PM

Dude is stylin'. If you submitted that picture to Vice, they'd classify him as a 'Do'.

Posted by The Artist Formerly Known As Sigourney Beaver | June 11, 2008 3:42 PM

Now that the Hip-Hip Nation is finally usurping the Daydream Nation, maybe now we all can simply practice the Dérive instead.

Posted by Jeff Stevens | June 11, 2008 4:14 PM

There is no commodity fetishism in the dérive, Mr. Mudede. Thought you'd be more into that.

Posted by bronkitis | June 11, 2008 4:29 PM

I'm a little confused. Charles seems to be suggesting that black me should be allowed to walk the streets, as this fellow was. That's a pretty radical point of view all right, for 1608 -- not 2008.

Posted by Fnarf | June 11, 2008 5:04 PM

Charles, no one outside of France is coded as flaneurs besides blatant blatant homosexuals.

Posted by johnnie | June 11, 2008 5:05 PM

Who took that lovely photo?

Posted by Eliza | June 11, 2008 5:09 PM

Chuck, Let me catch you up. The difference between a flaneur and a loiterer is the crack pipe... (I thought that was oblivious.)

Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me | June 11, 2008 5:09 PM

That is a cool picture.

Posted by Greg | June 11, 2008 5:18 PM


Are you sure that's not flambée?

Posted by keshmeshi | June 11, 2008 5:32 PM

@9 -- nice malapropism.

@11 -- homophobe.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | June 11, 2008 5:42 PM

Oh Charlie, I love it when you speak French. It makes me all tingly. Even when I think you're full of kitty litter.

Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay | June 11, 2008 6:49 PM

Hey, I took that! His name was Mike, he would probably be pretty happy if he knew he was on this website.

Posted by Blah! | June 11, 2008 7:02 PM

I'm not going to Slog Happy unless this song is on the jukebox.

Posted by Cookie W. Monster | June 11, 2008 7:13 PM

Awesome work...really beautiful.

Posted by Eliza | June 11, 2008 8:54 PM



Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me | June 12, 2008 10:01 AM

I've been white all my life, and I've never flaneured anything. I've filleted, and flambéed, and even done a naughty bit of fricaseeing, but I've never flaneured.

I musta missed a day at White School. Was probably the same day they explained why I was supposed to like Seinfeld.

Posted by Lee Gibson | June 17, 2008 9:58 PM

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