Aimé Michel

Le premier mystère est: pourquoi y a-t-il quelque chose plutôt que rien?
Et le deuxième, aussi grand que le premier: pourquoi suis-je là en train de penser?

In Praise of Superstition

Atlas – Air France n°75 – September 1972
— Sir, said the gentleman, you made fun of me in one of your articles, and that is inadmissible.
— Ah! And why so?
It was the man with the hat, if you recall — the one who never stops putting his hat on and taking it off; which in fact he was doing at the very moment, while expressing his ill humor. Lire l’article

My Political Education

Atlas – Air France n°74 – August 1972
We had been discussing for a good six hours. He was not listening to what I was telling him. I didn’t understand his remarks at all. It was delightful.
Going into the seventh hour, I seemed to get the idea that my interlocutor was trying to mobilize me in the struggle against the class enemy. Lire l’article

A Picnic Lunch with Hemlock

Atlas – Air France n°74 – August 1972
I cannot speak for you, but as for me, my favorite fifteen minutes of daily culture comes with my picnic lunch.
Seated on the doorstep of my barrel, my feet and my soul at ease, I remove my snack from its page of newsprint and, while eating, plunge myself with philosophical delight into the message of our time in which my grocer has chosen to wrap my meal. Lire l’article

The Triumph of Scrap Metal

Atlas – Air France n°78 – December 1972
I was astonished, I admit. People have told me a great many stories over the centuries, and often, docile, I’ve believed them. But this one was something different…
— Did you say that you have manufactured the kind or man I sought without success among the Athenians? Lire l’article

On being famous

Atlas – Air France n°73 – July 1972
The foremost advantage of a tub, when one lives in one I mean, is not having a guestroom: one can then invite friends with impunity; they never come. Without harm, one can even insist, recommending the hotel opposite, on condition that one has taken the precaution of choosing the aforesaid hotel because of its expensiveness and because it is protected by at least three stars. For then, either they will shrink back from the expense, or, if they do go to the luxury hotel, the haughty reprobation of the personnel will make it quickly understood that the visitors of the house cannot be expected to keep company with an individual having neither private chauffeur nor traveller cheques. Lire l’article