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12 November 2023



Flâneur? I'll stick with being a mutant barbarian.

Scott O

I also first encountered the term from Taleb, although it was in 'The Black Swan'. I wondered how it differed from "boulevardier" - a term I'd seen in many different references. Apparently the later is somewhat closer to a dandy or a fop in that the boulevardier is a stylish figure, but of substance and not simply an empty and foolish show-off. The flaneur seems to be defined largely by being of means without a need for active vocation and not necessarily a stylish or flamboyant (old meaning) figure. The flaneur would be seen often in the same setting and company of the boulevardier I would think so there is the connection of sorts.
Being a flaneur is, indeed, a fitting lifestyle for you George!

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