Wednesday, June 15th, 2011
Can’t wait to read the newest book, by my friend and writing teacher, Ellen Sussman. French Lessons is the book, and it’s out July 5th.
Knowing Ellen, my bet is that this will be a well-told sexy story, with plenty to learn about life and love from the three main characters. Hopefully, she’ll make some allusions to the life we lived in the ’90s when we were in Paris together.
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Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
From the New York Times…
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Tuesday, September 1st, 2009
I read today that Sheila Lufkin, the author of “Silver Palate Cookbook 25th Anniversary Edition” (Julee Rosso, Sheila Lukins) had passed away. I was struck that her cookbook got me started cooking when i was just out of college, some 25 years ago. During my weekends to NYC from Boston where I attended college, many [...]
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Saturday, August 22nd, 2009
I can’t tell you how relieved I was when Steinberger’s recent book, “Au Revoir to All That: Food, Wine, and the End of France” (Bloomsbury USA), came across my desk not long after we got back from Paris. … Maybe we were just old and out of it. ad_icon Even if all those things are a little bit true, reading Steinberger, a wine columnist for Slate magazine (which is owned by the Washington Post Co.) and admitted “food-loving Francophile,” reassured me.
… We’ll be in Paris on Monday and we have plenty of old standards to go to (some not as good as they used to be), but I’m glad that we don’t have to try to find places to eat “au pif.”
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Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
Two ladies in Camelot.…. Who knew… Just read in the Vanity Fair article of how the 1963 American exhibition of the Mona Lisa in New York City and Washington, D.C., was America’s first blockbuster art show. The writer Davids recounts in numbing detail the negotiations, preparations, flummoxes and successes of the exhibit. The exhibition was [...]
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Wednesday, October 1st, 2008
As part of Prévert trivia, I also learned that he lived near our apartment on the rue de Vaugirard and studied at the Catholic school on the rue d’Assas (directly in front of our apartment) when his family moved back to Paris 1907. Here’s all the essential information for the exhibition “Jacques Prevert, Paris la belle” When: 2′th October 2008 to 28th Fébruary 2009 Where: Hôtel de Ville, Salle Saint-Jean, 5 rue Lobau, 75004 Paris. Métro Hôtel de Ville (lines 4 & 11) Opening hours: open every day except Sundays and public holidays from 10am to 7pm (last ticket at 6.15pm) Admission: adults 0 euros, kids 0 euros, students 0 euros, goldfish 0 euros.
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Saturday, August 2nd, 2008
If you are following France and Paris, here are a few places I like to watch to get a feeling for the culture and social movements: Ô-Chateau, a Paris wine-tasting company (with champagne cruises on the Seine!) … We’ve always loved following Kristin Espinasses continuing travails as she inserts herself deeper and deeper into provincial French life in her French-word-a-day blog . Using examples from her life with her husband and two kids, she tells funny and often poignant stories of her life in France, including things she loves, hates and is just plain confused by.
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Friday, July 11th, 2008
If you happen to be in France this year for the 14th, or just have an interest in revolutions, here’s a good “revolutionary” walking tour that starts in our favorite neighborhood and ends at the Madeleine. … Start your tour in Rue St André-des-Arts, which remains as narrow and dense as it was at the time of the Revolution This year, as you will have noticed, is the 40th anniversary of 1968. … So let us ignore 1968 and turn instead to the real French Revolution, the one of 1789: the one that overthrew an absolute monarchy, turned France upside down and set the template for revolutions (and totalitarianism) to come.
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Monday, April 21st, 2008
I don’t know if the stories here are really that secret, but are a little more arcane then the broad sweep of history you get in “Seven Ages.”… “The Discovery of France: A Historical Geography, from the Revolution to the First World War” (Graham Robb) – Less a book about Paris than about France, you mihgt still guess who the main star is.
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Sunday, April 13th, 2008
I don’t see anything new in them, but they do give quick ideas for an outing First, published by Fodors, is Around Paris with Kids: 68 Great Things to Do Together …. This set might be more valuable to spread out on the table to involve kids in choosing what to do for the day’s outings.