Jun 08 2009

Wise words in Lyon

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As I was leaving a restaurant in Lyon today, I espied this poster. Translated, it says: If the book had been invented AFTER the computer, it would have constituted a major advance. Its qualities are remarkable: lightness, availability, low cost, functioning WITHOUT consumption of energy, optimal layout… At the bottom of the poster is the …

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May 02 2009

De Beauvoir’s (and my) Montparnasse

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I’ve loved the Montparnasse area since I first stayed there as a guest in the incomparable Pension Les Marronniers, just opposite the southwest corner of the Jardin du Luxembourg. The area known as Montparnasse comprises parts of the fifth, sixth, fourteenth and fifteenth arrondissements. The last time I stayed there, a few years ago, it …

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Apr 14 2009

No Escaping La Princesse de Clèves

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When I was diligently poring over the canonical 17th century French novel La Princesse de Clèves last year during my French literature class in Melbourne, the last thing I would have imagined was La Princesse becoming a symbol of resistance to President Sarkozy. Sarkozy seems to have borne a grudge against La Princesse for quite …

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Mar 31 2009

Message for Sarkozy

As my friend Marc Cogan commented in the previous post, the recent general strike had as its unofficial slogan Sarkozy’s comment, although this time directed back at him, “Casse-toi, pauv’ con” – “Bugger off, you sorry asshole.” Around two-thirds of the marchers were wearing this slogan in some form, and Marc managed to get a …

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Mar 24 2009

From the midst of the grève

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(by guest blogger Marc Cogan) Last Thursday’s general strike and supporting march were big successes, both from an organizational perspective, and as spectacle. Even the weather had already chosen sides, as the newspaper Libération, said, and it was sunny and warm throughout France. The weather swelled the crowds and buoyed their spirits. The parade was …

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Mar 15 2009

Seeing Sarkozy’s sister-in-law

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In the past few days I’ve seen two French films, both starring Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi. She’s not an actress to whom I’ve paid much attention in the past, but in these films—Actrices and Le Grand Alibi, Bruni-Tedeschi played such entirely different characters, and so convincingly, that I became utterly captivated. How anyone can go and see …

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