Thursday, August 4, 2011

Black Paris Profiles™: Zachary Miller

Zachary James Miller is a PhD psychologist/parapsychologist and filmmaker – quite an unusual combination of professions! Zach agreed to an interview for the Black Paris Profiles™ series when I solicited his support for the Beauford Delaney Gravesite Project in 2010. His is another fascinating and atypical story of an African American living in 21st-century Paris.

A native of Akron, Ohio, Zachary James Miller has lived in Paris for the past twenty years, and enjoys life here with his wife Violaine and his son Elias. His first impressions of Paris were based on his knowledge of the history of the city. After they arrived and settled in the 17th arrondissement in 1990, he and Violane would often walk around town to discover where Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Richard Wright and others had lived. He read books by these authors again, especially Hemingway’s A Movable Feast. He remembers being amazed that Richard Wright spent the last twelve years of his life in Paris, and wondering how Wright could have left the US for so long. He now notes that his own time in Paris has far surpassed that of Wright.

Zachary Miller at the café Libre Echange
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