JIM HAYNES

 

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Jim Haynes: priklausomybė nuo valgymo drauge

Aurimas Zdanavičius,
Žmogus dėžė, March 2014

Žmogus dėžė (Human-box) is a magazine based in Vilnius, Lithuania. It mostly covers various social, cultural and art initiatives and ideas of individuals, groups or enterprises that solve certain social problems or suggest different approaches to social reality. Rejecting the line of the mainstream media Žmogus dėžė seeks to write about creative solutions instead of problems. The editors believe that positive examples and motivating stories improve media environment and foster social dialogue that benefit both individuals and communities...>>

Interview: Traverse founder Jim Haynes

Neil Cooper,
The Herald Scotland, 19 August 2013

Jim Haynes has something of a dilemma on his hands.
The legendary driving force behind the early days of the Traverse Theatre in the 1960s, founder of the UK's first paperback bookshop in Edinburgh, counter-cultural polymath and host of the hottest dinner parties in town at his Paris home, has brought two shows to this year's Fringe.
Unlike every other eager-beaver publicity person in town, Haynes doesn't want to oversell them, no matter how remarkable he might think both The Surrender and Broadway Enchante really are...>>

Sunnuntai-illallisia Pariisissa vuodesta 1978

Pihla Hintikka,
Helsingin Sanomat, 15 Aug. 2013

Harmaatukkainen viiksekäs mies istuu keittiön jakkaralla kumarassa, vetää nimen yli paperilistasta ja huutaa englanniksi: "Hei kaikki, tässä on Judy!"
Viisikymmentä toisilleen vielä tuntematonta illallistajaa kääntyy katsomaan uutta tulokasta ja vilkuttaa.
Ollaan ateljeekodin avokeittiössä eteläisessä Pariisissa. Täällä eurooppalaistunut amerikkalainen kulttuuripersoona Jim Haynes on pyörittänyt kaikille avoimia illallisia joka sunnuntai vuodesta 1978...>>

The French Connection

Deb McCoy,
United Hemispheres magazine, May 2013

Jim Haynes would like to have you over for dinner—if you don’t mind sharing the guest list with 100,000 other people
/.../In the 1960s, Haynes was a player in London’s countercultural scene—his online bio is filled with entries like “Am invited to dine with The Beatles.” But if tonight’s company isn’t quite as illustrious, Haynes doesn’t seem to mind. He chats with every guest, and reveals an uncanny knack for remembering names. “I don’t care what you do,” he says to an American woman who asks to take his picture, “as long as you talk to each other.” ...>>

Zadovoljstvo u kontaktu

Mira Popović,
Novi Magazin, Kultura/Susreti, Oktobar 2012

Džim Hejns je pionir evropske underground kulture i utemeljivač društvenih mreža, ali sa pravim ljudima. U razgovoru sa Mirom Popović Hejns se priseća nekih od svojih susreta i manifestacija koje je pravio uz pomoć svoje neiscrpne energije.
Prijatelj mog prijatelja je moj prijatelj. Za ,,Amerikanca u Parizu" Džima Hejnsa ta krilatica, sazdana na otvorenosti i prostodušnosti, jednostavno je tesna. Jer, Džim prijateijima smatra i znance i - neznance, sve koji kao i on imaju otvoreno srce za upoznavanje drugih ljudi i uzajamnu razmenu...>>

Before Google… the alternative travel guide to Poland

Vicky Baker,
The Observer, October 7 2012

Vicky Baker takes social networking back to its roots by resurrecting a travel project in Poland from 20 years ago – long before the days of Google and Twitter
/.../What follows is one of those surreal travel experiences, where one new friend introduces you to another and another. Before long we've set off through Kraków's artistic underground. As a CouchSurfer, I am used to finding golden opportunities through strangers, but the unusual thing about this connection is that it came about after I tried to resurrect ...>>

Let's do it !

J.C.,
The Times Literary Supplement, August 17 & 24 2012

The International Writers' Conference took place over five days at the McEwan Hall, Edinburgh University, in August 1962. "Nothing was properly discussed", Stephen Spender wrote in his report in Encounter, "but some interesting things were said." This is commonly the case. The more unsettled the times, the more embattled the participants, the more interesting the things said will be. "There was a great deal about sex, homosexuality and drugs", a TLS leader writer stated - "too much for most." But he or she delighted in a "highly provocative week...>>

Dinner? Paris? Invite Everyone!

Kenan Christiansen,
The New York Times, 2 March 2012

BEFORE Facebook, Couchsurfing.org, and even before the Internet, Jim Haynes was helping the world connect. In the late 1980s, he wrote five travel books, each containing short biographies of people from Russia and Eastern Europe who were willing to accept travelers into their homes.
The introductions read: “This series of travel books will contain none of the usual tourist information that can be found in most guide books. No museums or galleries, no lists of hotels or restaurants, no suggestions on what to see or to do, and no potted histories...>>

Chez Jim Haynes: In Paris, a great Sunday feast with instant friends

Doug Oster,
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 20, 2011

For more than 30 years, Jim Haynes has hosted a Sunday dinner at his home here for whomever wants to come.
It's open to the first 50 or 60 people who sign up -- and more than twice that many in nice weather, when guests can spill out into the garden.
Most arrive as strangers; Mr. Haynes hopes they leave as friends.
My family of four enjoyed the warmth of Mr. Haynes' hospitality last Christmas when Paris was cold and the streets were wet ...>>

Edinburgh International Book Festival, Jim Haynes on the book that went up in flames

Michael MacLeod,
The Guardian, 22 August 2011

Jim Haynes opened the Paperback bookshop in Charles Street in 1959, where the University of Edinburgh's new informatics centre now stands.

It was "sometime around 1960" that he sold a copy of Lady Chatterley's Lover to a woman to proceeded to set it on fire. Penguin Books was put on trial in 1960 for publishing the book, in what became a test-case for freedom of speech...>>

Social Networking in der Wohnküche

Daniela Noack,
Forum Magazin, 23 September, 2011

Manche Menschen genießen im Alter ihre wohlverdiente Ruhe. Andere machen Party. Zu Letzteren gehört Jim Haynes. Seit 33 Jahren lädt der US-Amerikaner fast jeden Sonntag zur Dinnerparty in sein Pariser Domizil. Willkommen sind alle, sofern sie sich vorher anmelden.

Jim Haynes liebt das Besondere. Besonders sonntags. Sonntags abends verwandelt sich die Wohnküche des Schnauzbartträgers in einen Salon, um die hundert Menschen drängen sich für ein paar Stunden zwischen Couch und Küchentisch. Im Sommer bevölkern die Gäste auch den Vorgarten...>>

A Dinner Party Tradition in Paris

Ann Banks,
Gonomad.com, July, 2011

The Conversation flows as freely as the wine every Sunday at Jim Haynes' legendary Paris salon.

Before there was social networking, there was Jim Haynes. Haynes doesn’t have a shy bone in his body, though he has the greatest compassion for those of us who do. Everyone in the world wants to meet everyone else in the world, he believes, “as long as they are tenderly introduced.”

Haynes has dedicated his life to making such tender introductions, first in his career as an international avant garde arts impresario and for the last three decades at the legendary Sunday night dinners he holds in his Paris atelier in the 14th arrondissement. ...>>

Bishop backs rhino monument...

Craig Brown,
Scotland on Sunday, 06 February, 2011

IT COULD be a landmark to rival Greyfriars Bobby, but perhaps not as cute.

Visitors to Edinburgh may one day be charging across the city to see a rhino sitting on the site of a historic bookshop, at least if one senior churchman has his way.

The Bishop of Edinburgh, the Right Rev Brian Smith, of the Scottish Episcopal Church says that The Paperback bookshop, opened in 1959 by a recently demobbed US soldier called Jim Haynes in Charles Street, deserves to be commemorated ...>>

Rendez-vous chez Jim

Susan Johnson,
The Sydney Morning Herald
The Age, Melbourne, February 27, 2010

Every Sunday for 30 years Jim Haynes has opened his Paris apartment for dinner. Susan Johnson finally joins the party.
Twenty years ago, as a young-ish writer living in Paris, I heard about a Sunday soiree held in a beautiful atelier. Anyone could turn up, pay as little or as much they liked (nothing if you were broke) and meet a bunch of hipsters over wine and a good dinner...>>

Lo scrittore che invita a cena sconosciuti.

Chiara Degl'innocenti,
Il Venerdi di Repubblica, 5 marzo 2010

VOLETE incontrare persone nuove a Parigi? Non perdete le cene a casa di Jim Haynes, allora. Meglio di un social network virtuale, questo originale settantaseienne della Louisiana apre la porta ogni domenica sera a chi desidera fare nuove amicizie. Jim è uno scrittore e si è trasferito a Parigi nel 1978: da allora organizza incontri settimanali mettendo a disposizione casa, cibo e bevande. L'idea è ormai collaudata, quasi centoventi- mila persone hanno già cenato nell'appartamento di Rue de la Tombe Issoire scambiando chiacchiere e numeri di telefono.
Partecipare è facile...>>

Paris Notes: Auto Bios & a Lady Named Betty

Jim Haynes,
One Magazine, Spring 2010

In the summer of 1982, while visiting my son, Jesper, in New York City, I decided to call my friend, Betty Dodson, to see how she was doing and to plug into her amazing energy and intellect.
She answered the phone and reported she was writing her autobiography, that I was in it and that I should come over for tea and she would read the passage concerning us. I replied that I would like nothing better than to visit her and have a cup of tea, to catch up with her projects, but I had no desire to check-up on what she was writing about me...>>

Alle er invitert

Fredrik Drevon,
Aftenposten, Norway, October 30, 2010

Hver søndag klokken 20 inviterer Jim Haynes til åpent hus i Paris. Middag med fremmede er den nye formen for sosial nettverksbygging.

I byer som Paris, Berlin, New York og Oslo, popper såkalte undergrunnsrestauranter opp. Flere gjør som Haynes i Paris: De inviterer fremmede for å bli kjent med nye mennesker og bygge seg nettverk.
– Jeg pleier å ha 60-70 mennesker på middag. Kanskje 100 når det er varmt nok til å være ute i bakgården, sier Haynes. I hele 35 år har amerikaneren invitert fremmede på...>>

Want to meet people in Paris?

Vicky Baker,
The Guardian, Saturday, January 24, 2009

Chez Jim
Locating a man you've never met in an unknown apartment heaving with strangers sounds like a challenge, yet it takes me less than 10 seconds to spot Jim Haynes. As people mill around the open-plan kitchen, spilling out into the living room and the garden beyond, he is easily identifiable, perched on a stool, specs resting neatly on the end of his nose. Guests have been flooding to American-born Jim's converted artist's ...>>

60 Seconds with Jim Haynes

Kieran Meeke
Metro UK, Monday, February 23, 2009

Every week for the past 30 years, Jim Haynes, 75, has hosted a dinner party in his home in Paris. Anyone who calls or e-mails to book – even total strangers – is welcome. A play producer, he helped start the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and The International Times in London...>>

Break bread, not your budget

Athena Tsavliris,
National Post, Toronto, Friday, February 20, 2009

Back in the 1980s, Jim Haynes edited a guidebook that contained no hotels, no restaurants, no museums, monuments, maps, nor any of the usual tourism trappings. It was filled with about 1,000 brief biographies of people, in nine Eastern European countries and Russia, who would be prepared to welcome visitors to their countries. He called them people-to-people guides.
"There are two ways of travelling," says Haynes, who is based in Paris. "One is to be a tourist where you...>>

Jim Haynes takes Henry Miller down memory lane in Paris

Adam Biles,
Ling Magazine, March 2009

"It's rare that you know your hero.
I was lucky enough to know Henry.
I organised a writers' conference in Edinburgh in 1962, with John Calder and Sonia Orwell. I organised a party and Henry came. He was the hero of everyone there, all the other writers were big fans, and they said so - Norman Mailer, William Burroughs, they all said so. Yet he was so humble about it all. He was just an amazingly gentle and positive individual...>>

Im Untergrund

Ulrike Linzer,
der Freitag, May 28, 2009

Wo sich der kubanische Kulturattaché und der Trucker aus Arizona bei einem Teller Suppe begegnen. Freie Salons bieten Reisenden Zugang zur Dinner-Guerilla einer Stadt.
Ein grünes Tor, ein Zahlenschloss, dahinter eine Privatstraße: 70 Eingeweihte haben per E-Mail oder am Telefon den Code erhalten, um durch das Tor zum Aufgang B zu kommen und damit zu „Jim‘s Sunday Dinner“, einem Salon, der seit fast 30 Jahren jeden Sonntag im 14. Pariser Arrondissement stattfindet – offen für jeden...>>

 

Master of soirées brings back taste of Paris

Tim Cornwell,
Scotland on Sunday, August 16, 2009

THEY have become a Parisian institution attended by grateful guests from across the world.
Jim Haynes' dinner parties – open to all – have been attracting the great, the good and the well-travelled for the last 35 years to his Montparnasse home. Since the first, more than 135,000 people have trooped through his front door to be fed and watered at the weekly events.
Now the Haynes recipe is being transported across the Channel. Later this month, the Festival veteran will hold his first Parisian-style soirée in Edinburgh. ...>>

A house of free spirits

Allan Brown,
The Sunday Times, December 13, 2009

There are two things in life to which I have particular aversions: meeting strangers and eating in strangers’ houses. So there are few less auspicious projects to undertake than a visit to Jim Haynes at his atelier in Paris. Now 76, Haynes was the man who, with John Calder and Richard Demarco, founded the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, and who opened Britain’s first paperback bookshop in the same city. Both events are widely attested as central in transforming the Festival Fringe into the sprawling, monolithic jamboree it is today.
Wry, laconic and with a touch of the Mark Twain to him...>>

Dinner with Jim Haynes

Abi Andersen,
Foodrambler, 2009

Every Sunday for the past 30 years, people have been wending their way to a converted sculpture studio in Paris to have dinner with Louisiana-born legend Jim Haynes. Over 100,000 people from all over the world have been to his home. Children have been conceived here and come back to cook feasts; artists and writers have found inspiration; models have had photoshoots taken...>>

Sees hos Jim? Intervju med Jim Haynes i Paris.

Fredrik Drevon,
Vagabond magazine, Number 3/2008

Hvis du er så heldig å befinne deg i Paris en søndag, er du invitert på middag hos Jim Haynes (73).
Great! See you soon! var Jims svar da jeg ringte og spurte om jeg kunne komme på middag.
I 30 år har den amerikanske pariseren hatt åpent hus hver søndag kl. 20.00. Jeg var ganske skeptisk da jeg tastet portkoden ved 83 Rue de la Tombe Issoire, i Paris' 14. distrikt. Hva slags fyr er det som proklamerer på hjemmesiden sin at hvem som helst er velkommen...>>

Inviting the World To Dinner

Jim Haynes,
NPR, This I Believe, Monday, January 12, 2007

Every week for the past 30 years, I've hosted a Sunday dinner in my home in Paris. People, including total strangers, call or e-mail to book a spot. I hold the salon in my atelier, which used to be a sculpture studio. The first 50 or 60 people who call may come, and twice that many when the weather is nice and we can overflow into the garden.
Every Sunday a different friend prepares a feast. Last week it was a philosophy student from Lisbon, and next week a dear friend from...>>

Sunday suppers: If you're in Paris, you're invited

Carol Pucci, Seattle Times travel writer
The Seattle Times, Friday, April 20, 2007

PARIS — It's Sunday night, and in apartments all over the city, people are sitting down to dinner, perhaps with friends, sharing good food, wine and lively conversation. Wouldn't it be fun to score an invitation? Maybe discover a new neighborhood and see what it's like inside those old buildings with the big wooden doors? Better yet, why not just invite yourself?...>>

 

Jim Haynes Sunday Dinners

Taylor Beidler, Frommers.com, March 9, 2006

They happen almost every Sunday night, they've been happening since the 70's, I've been reading articles about it for years and this time to Paris I was able to go to dinner at Jim's!
It all starts with a visit to his website www.jim-haynes.com, click on the "Come to Sunday Dinner!" link, and fill out the form that e-mails Jim a message that you'd like to come. Jim will reply via e-mail welcoming you and asking you to give him a call when...>>

Sunday dinners in Paris: just call Jim

Alex Ninian,
The Chicago Tribune, Sunday, 2002

PARIS "Get off Metro 4 at Alesia in arrondissement 14eme and head for No. 83, rue de la Tombe Issoire."
Not the directions you'd expect for meeting a man from Louisiana. But here he is. Been here for ages and loved Paris so much that more than 25 years ago he decided to give dinner every Sunday to anyone who wanted to come. I do mean anyone who wanted to come...>>

Yes, he'll get by with a little help...

John Lloyd, The Financial Times Weekend January 16/17, 1999

ALWAYS OPEN to every experience and never one to be shamed, Jim Haynes still believes in the Sixties after all these years. John Lloyd reportsJim Haynes is a 1960s man for the connoisseur, for those who saw and see in that period (which lasted to the 1970s) a quite serious and bold venture...>>

A lust for life

Alan Taylor, Evening News, April 8, 1999

SEX in the city of Edinburgh began in the spring of 1959. We can be so precise about the date because it was at that point that a tall American moseyed into town. His name was Jim Haynes and he inspired a sexual revolution that was to put the ancient, stuffed-shirt Capital at the forefront of the Sixties' counter-culture. Incredible as it may seem...>>

It's weird, it's wonderful - it must be Edinburgh

Andy Lavender, The Times (London), August 2, 1999

With August festival fever about to strike, Andy Lavender looks back at some of the triumphs and disasters that bear the stamp of the world's biggest celebration of the arts.
It may be overcrowded, overpriced and overrated, but if it weren't for the Festival, Edinburgh would still be the slumbering provincial city it was in 1947 - and the world's wannabes, stars and has-beens would have to find somewhere else to...>>

A message: please ring Jim Haynes in Paris

Jeremy Atyah, The Independent (London), May 17, 1998

WOULD ANYONE out there like to meet an American called Jim Haynes? I am talking about the Jim Haynes who lives in Atelier A-2, at 83 Rue de la Tombe Issoire in Paris (post code 75014), and whose telephone number is 00 331 4327 1767.
If you're not interested, shame on you. Because Jim Haynes is one of the ...>>

The Human Factor

Deborah Courtnell,
The Guardian (London), August 14, 1993

JIM HAYNES is a seductive bear of a man, a sort of cross between Charles Bronson and Ernest Hemingway, brown jumper tucking neat paunch beneath immaculate cream suit. Not bad for 59. Since he isn't dead, he must be a born-again; a reincarnation from another time when people walked everywhere and talked to each other in the streets. He has roamed across the fractured lands of modern...>>

Do your own thing: a call to counter-culture

Mick Brown, The Daily Telegraph, November 6, 1993
Telegraph Magazine:

WHEN Jim Haynes first arrived in Edinburgh from America in 1956, the city was 'dark, dank, cold - everything under yellow smog'. There was one coffee-house. The Edinburgh Festival featured only classical music and the big national theatre companies. 'There was nothing fringe, off-beat, radical or crazy', he remembers. Jim Haynes made up his mind to put it there...>>

Your House Is Mine

Tara McKelvey, Voice-leisure, review, Jan 12, 1992

The International Monetary Fund official who met me in the Hotel Warszawa restaurant last week had a crisp accent and a scholarly gaze. While describing his background, he mentioned an acronym I didn't recognize - the B.H.I. - but I nodded eagerly, assuming it was a branch of the Manetary Fund that dealt with Eastem Europe...>>

Giving a little help to his friends

Jenny Brown, The Scotsman, February 24, 1992

The Scots aren't renowned for being the most outgoing race. Strangers are often regarded with suspicion rather than warmly welcomed. I think of a friend stopping in Lochaline, and saying a cheerful hello to one of the locals. Once he'd passed he heard the man mutter "Now, I wonder what he...>>

A visit to the home front in Poland

Nicholas Lezard, The Independent, March 22, 1992

THE FRONTIERS of travel are no longer geographical: if you can rustle up a few hundred pounds you can go almost anywhere. The problem is that as a tourist, contact with the locals means a humiliating exchange of incomprehension and distrust with receptionists, guides, bar staff and waiters. In order to combat this, Jim Haynes has compiled Poland: People to People (Canongate Press, pounds 4.95)...>>

Life is one big party

Raymond Ross, Edinburgh Evening News, August 27, 1992

Raymond Ross meets Jim Haynes, an American in Paris and first chairman of the [Edinburgh] Traverse Theater.

IN THE autumn of 1956 a young man by the name of Jim Haynes from Haynesville, Louisiana, arrived at the US airbase at Kirknewton [outside Edinburgh, Scotland] to do his [US] military service.
Listen to the Russians by night and attending Edinburgh University by day...>>

Hello, I Love You!

Dahn Ben Amotz, Hadashot daily, 1986

I never come back from abroad without bringing presents to two or three of my still remaining friends. This time, however, I brought a present for you as well. It is a wonderful present that I brought you, my dear reader. It is Jim's phone number that you are receiving from me today. What good will it do you? Look, my dear: if you are traveling to Europe this year, and if you happen to be in Paris for a week or two - at least for one evening, I've got for you some unbelievable entertainment...>>

Karma and smarma

Clancy Sigal, The Listener, 16 February 1984

Jim Haynes, the Johnny Appleseed of the Sixties counter-culture in London, Edinburgh, Amsterdam and Paris, disarms criticism by dedicating this 'open newsletter' to me —and several thousand named others, from Abbul to Zwerin. Haynes actually knows this number of people (and more) whom he counts as personal, contactable friends. He is amazing, a true nature's child of the arts with extraordinary 'green fingers'. Almost everything he touched, from Edinburgh's Paperback Bookshop...>>

Remember Jim Haynes?

Edinburgh Evening News, Thursday, February 23, 1984

`I've mellowed.
I'm on the wagon -No drinking, no smoking, no cocaine, no heroin, no cannabis, no snuff.
I just sit in front of a coal fire with a book'...>>

 

Alternative arts man

Michael Coveney, Financial Times, March 10, 1984

After he had launched Britain's first paperback bookshop in Edinburgh in 1959, Jim Haynes became a crucial figure in the Performing Arts. He made things happen. He initiated the fringe theatre movement in this country. An ex-member of the U.S. Air Force, he became, along with fellow ex-pats Charles Marowitz and Ed Berman, a key spokesman for...>>

20/20 Haynes-Sight

Kyle Roderick, Heavy Metal,
2nd December 1984

A whole generation ot artists, punks, non-conformists and poseurs have evolved (or devolved) into these stylishly alienated eighties, totally unaware of the influence that characters like American expatriate Jim Haynes have had on contemporary culture, and hence their lives. A pioneer on the Edinburgh, London, Amsterdam, and Paris art scenes...>>

Question-Is Jim Haynes really shy?

Merritt Clifton, G.L.N., 1984

Jim Haynes is a legend. As with all legends, most who know him recall a wonderful first meeting, a moment when he brought them through the looking glass. I've heard many stories of hellos on buses leading to all-night conversations or making love, and, of course, to creative action-plays, books, films-anything that generates and furthers bright ideas...>>

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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