As begins L. P. Hartley’s novel The Go-Between: “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.”
Indeed, they do. Almost exactly 85 years ago, existentialist philosopher and feminist Simone de Beauvoir visited a fairground attraction with existentialist and Marxist Jean-Paul Sartre, at the very beginning of their long-lasting relationship. The attraction? A shooting gallery that took your picture when you hit the target.
Despite her closed eyes, the photograph is evidence that she didn’t miss.
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