Add news
March 2010April 2010May 2010June 2010July 2010
August 2010
September 2010October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
January 2011
February 2011March 2011April 2011May 2011June 2011July 2011August 2011September 2011October 2011November 2011December 2011January 2012February 2012March 2012April 2012May 2012June 2012July 2012August 2012September 2012October 2012November 2012December 2012January 2013February 2013March 2013April 2013May 2013June 2013July 2013August 2013September 2013October 2013November 2013December 2013January 2014February 2014March 2014April 2014May 2014June 2014July 2014August 2014September 2014October 2014November 2014December 2014January 2015February 2015March 2015April 2015May 2015June 2015July 2015August 2015September 2015October 2015November 2015December 2015January 2016February 2016March 2016April 2016May 2016June 2016July 2016August 2016September 2016October 2016November 2016December 2016January 2017February 2017March 2017April 2017May 2017June 2017July 2017August 2017September 2017October 2017November 2017December 2017January 2018February 2018March 2018April 2018May 2018June 2018July 2018August 2018September 2018October 2018November 2018December 2018January 2019February 2019March 2019April 2019May 2019June 2019July 2019August 2019September 2019October 2019November 2019December 2019January 2020February 2020March 2020April 2020May 2020June 2020July 2020August 2020September 2020October 2020November 2020December 2020January 2021February 2021March 2021April 2021May 2021June 2021July 2021August 2021September 2021October 2021November 2021December 2021January 2022February 2022March 2022April 2022May 2022June 2022July 2022August 2022September 2022October 2022November 2022December 2022January 2023February 2023March 2023April 2023May 2023June 2023July 2023August 2023September 2023October 2023November 2023December 2023
News Every Day |

Death and Haircuts

When I arrived in Paris my first concern was to find an apartment. I thought it’d be the same as in the USA where you show up, pay a security deposit along with the first month’s rent and it’s done. But the rules here are different. Renters have a lot of rights and once in, it’s very difficult to evict them, even for non-payment.

Consulting church bulletin boards, I found a small furnished room in the apartment of an older woman. I stayed there for about four months, the time needed to find my own place. She was friendly and we stayed in contact over the last 28 years. She invited me to family dinners where I met her three sisters, their children and grandchildren.

The lady died about three months ago and I was invited to her funeral, followed by a reception at her sister’s apartment. I struck up a conversation with one of her nephews, a man about 67. He’d been a coiffeur and, though I’d seen him occasionally over the last 28 years, that was about all I knew about him. Each time I’d seen him in the past, he was always joking around and there was never an occasion for real interaction. I think it was a self-protection mechanism.

But this time he didn’t play his normal irreverent-jokester role. In fact, he told me his entire life story. He’d recently retired, purchased the building where his salon had been and was now renting it, so he had an income. This was all related in a matter-of-fact way. He then said he’d been a coiffeur for 47 years and, as he’d once calculated, had performed an average of 22- 24 haircuts a day, including dye-jobs. He said he worked 14-hour days and just took Sundays for a break. This made me imagine a pile of shorn hair a mile high.

I asked how he stayed abreast of the changes in hair styles; 47 years represents five different style periods, from the 1970s to the 2010s. He said it was easy, for styles are cyclical, they come and go with minor variations. He added that the only period he’d ever really found interesting was the 1980s because it had the greatest variety of styles. That made sense to me as I recalled the various cuts it was my displeasure to see during that period. I could see that from a creative point of view, it must be more interesting to do Duran-Duran type cuts rather than the “dull head in windy spaces” looks I recalled from my 1977 high school yearbook. It struck me that being a coiffeur was an original vantage point on the passage of history.

He then said, out of nowhere, that he’d misspent his entire life, that cutting hair wasn’t his true calling. He had the skill, so he did it. But looking back, he didn’t understand how he could’ve spent his entire life doing something he didn’t like. This admission caught me off guard; I didn’t know how to respond. But he kept on going. He’d picked the trade up when he was 17 at a state school where he learned the skill because he was paid to take the classes. He never had any intention of making it his life’s work, but this led to that and soon he was in a salon. He said that after he’d been at it for a couple of years he’d thought of quitting and picking up a new trade, maybe computers, but by then he and his wife had their first child and he realized that would mean a big pay cut and at least a year’s training, so he stayed put.

When he stopped speaking, I was relieved that he didn’t expect me to make any observations. I didn’t know what to say; how does one respond to the drama of an entire life?  And the strangest thing was that just a couple of days before I’d cut my own hair using two mirrors and a pair of scissors.


Социальный проект «Особенные дети в храме»

Infinity according to Jorge Luis Borges - Ilan Stavans

Snowy Cabin in Norway, Wind and Fireplace Sounds for Sleep and Study

ONE YEAR LATER: Intel Arc GPU Drivers, Bugs, & Huge Improvements

10 Influencer Meltdowns Caught on Camera

Read also

Mailbag: Which Pac-12 teams are set for success in the Big Ten and Big 12, Trent Bray’s bar, Pac-12 refs and more

Nancy Mace flip-flops on George Santos, decrying vote to expel him despite being among the first lawmakers to call for his resignation

Fact or Fiction? Why China Thought Top Gun's SR-72 Darkstar was Real

News, articles, comments, with a minute-by-minute update, now on

News Every Day

Snowy Cabin in Norway, Wind and Fireplace Sounds for Sleep and Study — latest news 24/7. You can add your news instantly now — here

News Every Day

Visa delays push Davies-Barroso bout off Garcia-Duarte card

Sports today

Новости тенниса

WTA не станет наказывать теннисисток за участие в турнире в Санкт-Петербурге

Спорт в России и мире

16 декабря в музее-заповеднике «Горки Ленинские» пройдет новогодний шахматный турнир

All sports news today

Sports in Russia today


Генсек РФС Митрофанов назвал Москву и Санкт-Петербург футбольными столицами

Новости России

Game News

Мафия-НН: Первая ночь не задалась. Комиссар неправильно себя модифицировал.


Один человек погиб в ДТП на Киевском шоссе с участием трех автомобилей

Губернаторы России

Фестиваль короткометражных фильмов «Республика Кино» проходит в Якутске

«112»: в результате ДТП на Киевском шоссе в Москве погибли два человека

Пластический хирург Нальгиев назвал самую опасную бьюти-процедуру

Боли в спине: врач-остеопат рассказал о межпозвоночных грыжах и как их лечить

"Осторожно, новости": полиция провела рейды в ЛГБТ-клубах Москвы

Актер Садальский заявил, что окружение Пугачёвой – причина её падения вниз

В 2023 году Баста и Zivert стали самыми посещаемыми артистами RED ARENA в Сочи

Лидер «Алисы» Константин Кинчев отменил концерт в Новосибирске из-за болезни

БАЙКАЛЬСКАЯ ТЕАТРАЛЬНАЯ ШКОЛА - Россия, Культура, Театр, Дети, 2023, Школа, Министр культуры Бурятии Соелма Дагаева, Министерство культуры Бурятии

Революция в теннисе: WTA и ATP могут остаться без главных турниров

Елена Рыбакина определилась с первым турниром в новом сезоне

Революция в теннисе: WTA и ATP могут остаться без главных турнирова

WTA пообещала не применять санкции к спортсменкам за участие в турнире в Петербурге

Шапки и капоры женские на Wildberries (от 392 руб.) + три новые модели 2024

На курорте Сбера «Манжерок» открылся променад «Ледовые скульптуры»

Новый компактный ирригатор Revyline RL 610 Green Dragon ожидается в продаже в Москве и области

Куда идут российско-армянские отношения? - политолог Михаил Александров

«Юность» обыграла «Локомотив» в матче чемпионата страны по хоккею

Долгожданная победа: ФК «Оренбург» обыграл на своем поле ФК «Спартак» (Москва) – 1:0

ПОВТОРНОЕ видео обращение к председателю СК РФ Бастрыкину А.И. и президенту РФ Путину В.В. о бездействии СК Вор-ой обл. в отношении директора МБОУ СОШ №99 г.Воронеж ЖАЛОБА на СК Воронежской области

Мобильный пункт обследования на ВИЧ откроется в Горно-Алтайске

Московская патриархия выпустила книгу для детей "Жить – Родине служить"

Зрители заметили киноляп с сумкой Катерины из фильма «Москва слезам не верит»

Пожар на площади 50 "квадратов" разгорелся возле храма в Москве

Синоптики спрогнозировали москвичам небольшой снег и гололедицу 2 декабря

Путин в России и мире

Персональные новости
Бато Багдаев

БАЙКАЛЬСКАЯ ТЕАТРАЛЬНАЯ ШКОЛА - Россия, Культура, Театр, Дети, 2023, Школа, Министр культуры Бурятии Соелма Дагаева, Министерство культуры Бурятии

News Every Day

10 Influencer Meltdowns Caught on Camera

Friends of Today24

Музыкальные новости

Персональные новости