Archive for May, 2013

The Fabulous Bouroullec Brothers

“Momentané” is the terrific new design retrospective of the work of brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. Following the meteoric rise of these forward-thinking French designers, the exhibit closely retraces 15 years of all aspects of their prolific output. From limited-edition furniture to high quality mass-produced work, the versatility along with smart design is apparent in […]

The Southerner’s Perspective

I did the mariage blanc thing in my youth. so I can say, not without giggling, that I have a French ex-husband. (His nickname for me is Original Recipe, or White Wife, since his second, and real wife, is a dark Brazilian beauty.) He’s from Montpellier, complete with that hick accent of the South. Which […]

Our Heroes: Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau

The Paris Blog heartily congratulates Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau, the first two men to marry under the new law in France that allows EVERY person to marry the person they love. Mazel tov, mes amis!

An Incisive Thought

“There is only one cure for gray hair. It was invented by a Frenchman. It is called the guillotine.” —P.G. Wodehouse

Are Parisians Ruder to Chinese Tourists?

In a recent edition of the French newspaper Le Parisien was a front-page headline “Dur d’être touriste à Paris!” (Tough to be a tourist in Paris!), with a two-page spread featuring differing opinions from both tourists and locals. This being Le Parisien (which many may consider as journalisticly sophisticated as USA Today), it seemed to base the entire article on […]

Jazz Babies of Paris

For many years I’ve been reading about how jazz is dying. It seems to stay alive, but it’s definitely not one of the top music genres in the U.S., even in the region where it was born, the South. (Although this weekend is the New Orleans Jazz Festival, which I heartily recommend even to non-jazz-lovers. […]

This T-Shirt Is Smokin’

Well, the subject of the T-shirt is smokin’. It’s a new Serge Gainsbourg T that I peeped on the fun site DeadCoolShop.

Pooches of Paris

These dogs camp out nearly everyday before their stroll. Once they begin, the German Shepherd on the far right takes the beagle’s leash in his mouth and leads the pack. Any indecorous barking or tugging and he puts the other pooches in their place with a quick stare. >more

The Concert That Shocked

We’re close to 100 years since the premiere, in Paris, of Stravinsky’s avant garde “The Rite of Spring.” Vaslav Nijinsky choreographed what was called a “violet” ballet by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes company. Here’s an NPR story on the groundbreaking work, which cause the 1913 audience to literally flip out (first by shouting, then by fistfights). […]

Reality Bites

François Hollande was elected to the French presidency on the promise to close his eyes and plug his ears and yell ee eee ee eee eee eee eee until the Dragon of Reality got bored and went away. Now it’s been a year, and the charmingly wishful ee eee ee eee eee eee eee policy […]

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