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?

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

The Child Martyrs

Atlas – Air France n°89 – November 1973
When one is soft-hearted, as I am, it is no use trying to change. And being soft-hearted, there is no one I despise more than a torturer, especially when his victim is weak.
There were three of us the other day, riding alone together in the Metro during an off-hour: a woman, her little girl of three or four, and I. I perceived at once that this was a child martyr. She was shrieking as she entered the Metro. 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

Les singes et moi

Atlas Air France n° 80 de février 1973
«Madame, vous me demandez aimablement pourquoi je ne m’en vais pas avec les singes. Il faut choisir, dites-vous. Être un homme et accepter la civilisation, ou une bête et regrimper dans l’arbre. Je ferais, affirmez-vous, un singe très présentable. Vous iriez même, si je faisais don de ma personne à un zoo, jusqu’à me porter des cacahuètes, à condition toutefois que je me conduise convenablement et que je fasse rire les enfants. Lire l’article