journalist, columnist or television presenter, sometimes, but mostly producer and radio host.
what is said about you in your profession that particularly affects you?
that I am a question mark, because my job is to question. that I am a curious person, because in my opinion this is the highest quality in this profession. curious in every sense of the word, moreover: open to others but also a little strange, in the way I look, read and question. I'm courageous, because it's easy to make a programme, but much harder to make a five hundred.
what's the most important thing in your day-to-day work?
sharing my lifelong passion: the pleasure of reading. I've always wanted to pass on this immense joy, this enjoyment, even, of reading: first as a teacher, then as a journalist, and maybe one day as a bookseller.
le gramme is a lifestyle brand for men, it offers essential basics, what is the iconic object of your profession, the one that symbolizes you?
i have two. first of all a very old edition of the hauts de hurlevent which dates back to the end of the nineteenth century. it's a very beautiful object that i found in the north of england about fifteen years ago. this book, the only novel by emily brontë, was a revolution for me because it made me understand that literature is first of all an art. language, narration, vision. i must have read it more than thirty times. and if not, there's this little copper ashtray, dug out of a block and imagined by marine breynaert. it's very small and therefore always close to me since i smoke when i read. i therefore associate it with my work.
I have an almost compulsive relationship with le gramme. i'm hesitating between a collector and a neurotic buyer! i'm missing one that i once gave to a person who shared my life for a long time. my name must always be engraved on the inside.
how do you wear it? the
one i'm wearing right now is a 21g brushed gold one. at first, i was a bit afraid of the "bracelet effect", but i like its pure line, its lightness, and its symbolic charge since it is the weight of the soul. i sometimes dress it up with a 7g in silver or black silver.
if le grammeit were a book then... which would it be?
a very elegant book, with a very pure line. a simple yet vivid narrative, like the "tender is the night" by francis scott fitzgerald. elegant and tragic.
what is the gift you would like to receive soon?
appeasement! my life is so electric, effervescent, almost epileptic.
i like to give things that belong to me: a book, even a scribbled book, a part of me. i've given a lot of william faulkner's "sound and fury". in the same way i prefer very personal gifts. they're more expensive.
what's your favourite item? how much does it weigh?
i have two of those too. a picture of my grandmother when she was a girl. it's a black and white print, cut out lengthways. she's wearing a little beret, a tight skirt, something in her eyes that shows all the kindness she tried to show me. the photo is on my desk, unframed, it's gotten horny over the years. it weighs less than a gram. and then there's my watch, a jaeger lecoultre reverso, given to me by my father when I was 20 when I joined normal sup. i especially like the gesture, or rather the memory of my father giving me this watch. he reminds me of that faulkner phrase that i tattooed on my left arm: "i'm giving you this watch not so that you remember the time, but so that you forget it, now, then for a moment, and so that you don't waste your time trying to conquer it". it weighs 63.5 grams.
what is there in your life that weighs so much?
lightness, paradoxically... maybe that's the reason, moreover, why I am attached to those le grammewho bear witness to this lightness. nothing is weighed in grams anymore - everything is very material, imposing and heavy with meaning...
a favourite place to find yourself...
where there are books, of course... rather than reading, I prefer to reread, by the way. Let's say you'll find me where there are books to read, then.
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