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What would provoke an Indian-born scholar of German philosophy, American political science, and English literature, born to a Hindu family, to take on a study of Islam so thoroughly that he would not only spend months at a time researching Muslim societies in the Middle East and North Africa but would then set out to write a series of novels in those settings? This is a staggering commitment of one’s life.

Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down

It would have been so easy for Rosecrans Baldwin to go so wrong in writing Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down, a sometimes funny, sometimes hapless, and mostly entertaining account of the 18 months the author lived in Paris. This is his second novel-length publication, and much of it deals with the misfortunes and hard-won joys of writing and finally publishing his debut novel, You Lost Me There, which, it’s worth mentioning, received some very good press (including a strange plot summary billed as a review in the New York Times). But think of the blurbs we could write—“Young white bourgeois writer travels to Paris to find the words for his first novel…and ends up finding himself.”

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