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August 4, 2014

My early morning wanderings in Nantes led me to several unusual encounters, of which one of the more striking was to be found in rue Joffre. The street counted amongst its shops a number of which, perhaps even as many as half, bore signs flipped and inverted, so as to be read on one’s head, a practice to which two visibly inebriated teenagers had given themselves over. I could only conclude from my surroundings that the Nantais were split along lines of forward- and backward-perceivers. I must then have found myself in a street having become a sort of default zone for the latter, ordinarily a target of discrimination, who had yet carved themselves out an existence and community running from one shopfront to another. So it was that I joined the teenagers in considering the signage from a new perspective.

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