The terms of flânerie date to the 16th or 17th century, denoting strolling, idling, often with the connotation of wasting time. But it was in the 19th century that a rich set of meanings and definitions surrounding the flâneur took shape.So ... is a flâneur an idling dolt with too much time on his hands or a secret sage on the prowl? By this time, with copious essays to support the view, a more approving description has taken shape (no one wants to be called a Lazy Bones), but I prefer to keep at least one foot in the camp that suggests another idjit is on the loose.
Friday, July 11, 2014
"Flâneur" popped up, enticing as a morsel of cheese on a rat trap, in the newspaper yesterday.