Do you come here often? I’m the new intern, Margeaux. In the spirit of lively introductions, let’s pretend we’re all sitting in a circle playing a “first day of camp” game. You know, those ones where each person is forced to smile, wave and give a fun fact about themselves. Mine is that I was born in Hawaii. Yes, it’s true. You can check my birth certificate. These days I’m a Writing, Literature and Publishing student at Emerson College, where I blog for Atlas Magazine, sing in an a cappella group called The Treble Makers, and generally try to have a good time.
Kicking off this summer on a fun note, just this past Saturday I returned from a three-week stay in the south of France. There I participated an immersion program to learn French and experience the culture like a local would. My home away from home was a beautiful town thirty minutes from Marseille — Aix-en-Provence, nicknamed “la ville aux mille fontaines” or “the town of a thousand fountains.” Trust me, that is not an exaggeration. Nearly every street corner has one, ranging in all shapes and sizes from small and elegant to magnificent and grand. Here’s a look at the grandest of them all:
I walked by that fountain every single day I was in Aix. Here are a few more for your viewing pleasure:
One day I hope to see them all again.
As for the rest of the summer, I intend to continue my hobby of reading tragically depressing novels. My favorites of this sort are The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides, A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway and The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. Contrary to popular belief, I do occasionally branch out from the Genre of Sadness – I also love the poetry of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, specifically A Coney Island of the Mind. My favorite musical artists are Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Radiohead, James Taylor, John Mayer and Joni Mitchell – a testament to my impossible desire to have lived through the 60s and 70s. Alas, I was fated to live in the new millennium…but I intend to make the most of it. Check in with me every now and again as I delve into the world of editing.
– Margeaux Sippell, Intern