Archive for November, 2015


The Man Behind the Meme

Slate has the story behind the now-iconic image, and the man who drew it. The creator of the drawing was a French illustrator named Jean Jullien, who posted it to his Twitter page around midnight Paris-time with the caption “Peace for Paris,” and watched it swiftly take flight. Jullien, whose work tends to be marked […]

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Tragedy in Paris

If you live in Paris or are visiting, make sure to let everyone know if you are OK right now. Today’s terror attacks differ from the Charlie Hebdo murders earlier this year; those were targeted and these are clearly all-out slaughter. Not that it makes any difference to the victims or their loved ones.

Go Fish?

Ever wonder why so few people fish in the many waters in Paris? Maybe because there ARE NO FISH?! This seasoned fisherman, having bought a rod in the specialty store Des Poissons Si Grands (in the 7th), cast his lures in three different spots this past weekend: The Seine, the Canal St. Martin, and the […]

Paris’s Gated Communities

In the U.S., there are gated communities. Paris has its own versions– these private streets, which abound in the 16th arrondissement. Usually you have to know a code to get in. One of them, the Villa Montmorency in the southern half, Auteuil, even has full-time guards who patrol the streets and monitor the gates. Inside, […]

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