"Paris never gets too dark, because when natural light dissolves, you're never too far from a streetlamp—and they're often beautiful—set upon tall black stalks, each lamp a glowing pair of white balls in love with its very own length of street. Sometimes, they all flicker to life at the same time, as if together they can hold off darkness."
If you haven't discovered Simon Van Booy yet, I can't say enough about him. This lovely quote is from the story "Little Birds" in his collection titled The Secret Lives of People in Love. Last summer, I read his novel Everything Beautiful Began After, and fell in love. Go! Pick up one of his books!