RJ and I went to Paris to see the exhibit of Casanova’s memoirs at the Bibliotheque nationale de France. That morning, we had breakfast with Marco Leeflang and his wife Janna (Marco is wearing the striped shirt). Marco is an eminent Casanovist and a contributor to “l’Intermediaire des Casanovistes.” I fell in love with Marco as soon as I saw his glee over Henriette, one of C’s lovers, in the docudrama “Casanova’s Love Letters.” Later Tom Vitelli put Marco and me in email contact, and since then books have been flying across the Atlantic (mostly Marco sending me books from Utrecht, the latest being “Empress of Pleasure” about Casanova’s lover Teresa Cornelys).
Breakfast was lovely, with chocolate croissants and cheese. Marco brought along Branko Aleksic, a Serbian philosopher, poet, and Casanovist transplanted to Paris, where he works in a museum by day and writes by night. (He’s wearing the lavender sweater.) We had dinner at Polidor with him and his girlfriend while in Paris, and he is sending me a spare copy of the Molmenti. Casanovists are good people. I feel lucky to be working with them.