“My French is passable but definitely not good enough to justify lingering in French bookstores. But I do anyway. Partially, it’s because French bookstores are entirely different from ours, as are French books, bound in white. They’re so spare that they create a different visual landscape than any we’re used to. Another reason to spend time in shops like this one is that when you can’t quite understand the words, you start seeing other things entirely differently." —Fred Dust 39 Rue de Bretagne, 33/(01) 42-77-56-20.