Archive for January, 2010


666: Magical or Menacing?

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The Phone Company Suicides

The France Telecom suicides debacle is one that is both grossly fascinating and completely bizarre. It just goes to demonstrate how differently the French think about their work and options in life. While the 24 suicides over the past 19 months are very linked by the horrific and oppressive working conditions at Orange—part of me […]

Clint on the Champs Elysees

The Champs-Elysées is generally known for the shops that are almost always open. The area between the Arc de Triomphe and the Rond Point (des Champs-Elysées et Marcel Dassault) is practically always buzzing with people. And then, normally, it gets a bit quiter. The part between Rond Point and Concorde is mainly green. No shops […]

Mania A-Foot

After my university days were over, I decided to embark on the mandatory backpacking tour of each country with my then boyfriend. We happened to be here during the World Cup. I didn’t know what the World Cup was at the time, but I quickly learned it was the biggest tournament in the world. As […]

Bistro Paul Bert

My first meal at this restaurant took place many years ago, during my second-ever visit to Paris. I was lucky enough to be staying with friends who lived in Paris and loved to eat—friends who knew about special places like Le Bistrot Paul Bert. Memory is patchy, but a few first impressions have stuck with […]

Hidden Women

Ni Putes Ni Soumises (NPNS), a women’s rights organization located in Paris, organized a protest this past Monday against the burqa and in support of an anticipated parliamentary bill to ban the burqa in France.  NPNS was created as a response to the egregious violence being perpetrated against the women and girls of the cités or quartiers in […]

Email from My Sister

I heard an interview with a French person yesterday. They pronounced “Happy” as “Appy.” Do they not have the “H” sound we have when it is at the beginning of a sentence? How do they ever say “Woo Hoo!!”?

Freemasons Museum Reopens

There are over 100 museums in Paris, some of them quite unique, like the Musée de la Franc-Maçonnerie (16 rue Cadet, 9th). In France, the Grand-Orient is the oldest and most important Masonic brotherhood in continental Europe, created in 1728. The museum, first opened in 1889, is in a modern building that traces the history […]

A Concert by Sound Artist Ryoji Ikeda

Japanese composer and mathematician Ryoji Ikeda’s music is the epitome of a technological and scientific marriage with art. His concerts and installations often feel more like complex scientific experiments with the audience’s senses than artistic events, as we’ve known them before. Ikeda is no stranger to Paris, having displayed his sound and light installation Spectra for […]

Brassaï, Doisneau…Izis?

In 1951, an exhibition called “Five French Photographers” was held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The photographers were Brassaï, Doisneau, Ronis, Cartier-Bresson and…Izis. The other four went on to become famous worldwide, but Lithuanian immigrant Izraëlis Bidermanas, otherwise known as Izis, remained relatively unknown. Why should this be so? An exhibition […]

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