Happy Birthday, Rosecrans Baldwin, born 30 March 1977
- My ambition was to be cosmopolitan. I grew up in the suburbs. I went to college in Maine. I had a dream in my head that if you wanted to be the most urbane, living-life-to-the-fullest kind of person, Paris was the place to be.
- No one really knows the value of book tours. Whether or not they’re good ideas, or if they improve book sales. I happen to think the author is the last person you’d want to talk to about a book. They hate it by that point; they’ve already moved on to a new lover. Besides, the author never knows what the book is about anyway.
- I like to find music that shares a rhythm with the sentences I’m working on. And though I’ll probably regret saying this, I think some songs actually don’t sound too bad when they’re played through lousy speakers.
- Americans continue to visit Paris not just for Paris, but for ‘Paris.’ As if out of some collective nostalgia for what Paris should be, more than what it is. For someone else’s memories.
- To be human is to have a collection of memories that tells you who you are and how you got there.
- For me, the experience of being in other culture really set up a longing. When I’m travelling, things seem really sharp. You learn things ten times faster.
Rosecrans Baldwin is an American novelist and essayist. He is the author of Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down and You Lost Me There. He is also a co-founder and editor of The Morning News, an online magazine.