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The Museum of Shopping

No one nails Paris like Adam Gopnik. He has written about the city for the New Yorker and in book form, and has edited (what I consider to be) the best anthology of writings about the city, too. This week he takes on the recent glut of luxury stores that, he believes, are helping to […]

The Future, Viewed from the Past

It seems that humans cannot resist dabbling in predicting the future. We have an innate need to ignore Yogi Berra’s clear warning, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” So what did the year 2000 look like from a vantage point 100 years earlier? Let’s look at a few examples from a series of […]

How the Tell-All Got Told

Mega-bestseller. A first print run of 200,000 copies released September 4 and already out of stock in many stores and being reprinted. Valérie Trierweiler’s kiss and tell off Merci pour le Moment is a publishing success. Lying, cheating politicos beware: French women don’t keep quiet. The myth that French women don’t mind if their husbands […]

Ramadan-Themed Ad in the Paris Metro

I don’t remember seeing ads about Ramadan in the Paris metro before this year. Clearly a bigger part of the population than ever is observing Ramadan, the yearly month-long Muslim fasting time, which ends tomorrow. This ad is for a telephone company, Buzzmobile. It says, “Unlimited calls 24h/24. I can gassar without counting!” A footnote says that gassar means “talk […]

Bust Out the j’Aimes

Dang! 5300 likes? Thanks, everyone.

Kickstarting a Sexy Guide

Secrets of Paris blogger Heather Stimmler Hall launched a crowdfunding effort recently to finance the printing cost of the beautiful four-color second edition of her insider Paris guidebook, Naughty Paris: A Lady’s Guide to the Sexy City. The book will be released in December. Intrigued by her use of crowdfunding – and a longtime fan […]

Hug This Bear!

Ever been disappointed when a YouTube video or online TV clip is blocked to you because you are in France? There’s an app for that! Tunnelbear is a super quick download that serves as its own VPN–virtual private network. I Used it last night to watch an Oprah interview (for work, I swear!). Apparently it […]

Meet Monsieur Lazy

My new favorite Parisian is Monsieur Lazy. He cannot bear to walk any more than is absolutely necessary from inside the metro to the station’s exit, or to the tunnel that connects it with another metro line. Monsieur Lazy is the “host” of a new website that aids all metro users who are similarly disinclined […]

Learning French Free

There are lots of free ways to learn or improve your French language skills. My favorite is by listening to the radio. Tuning into the news on RFI, France Culture or France Info, all of which stream on the Internet, swells my vocabulary, seemingly by osmosis. It also familiarizes me with different accents and varying […]

Where Are the Jobs?

The Guignols of Canal + went for the jugular this week, showing no mercy to unpopular French president François Hollande after the catastrophic first round of municipal elections. In this brilliantly–and painfully–funny bit, the puppet Hollande sings his desperate search for jobs, looking everywhere for them, including in bookcases and under his car. “Emploioutai!” he sings […]

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