On (not) being French (enough) / (Ne pas) être (assez) Français

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I’ve been avoiding this post for most of the five weeks since I founded this blog, but I think if I don’t take a stab at it I’m going to stop blogging, so… Continue reading

Entre deux chaises / Between two chairs

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My mother, a Frenchwoman, has been using an interesting expression to describe my cultural situation lately: entre deux chaises (hence the tag). Literally it means “between two chairs.” Yes. That is what it… Continue reading

Graveyards, Museums and Collecting / Les cimetières, les musées et la collection

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Why do people go to museums? Furthermore, why do people go to cemeteries to look at the graves of famous dead? Et finalement, the crux of my confusion — why do people go… Continue reading

On conversation between cultures / La conversation entre les cultures

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So I have a few other posts simmering away, but for now I’ll write about conversation. I ate dinner with a lovely couple last week, one member of which is French and the… Continue reading

Congés annuels / Annual vacation

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So I got here during summer vacation, or “congés annuels,” when many if not most businesses close for 3 to 5 weeks, basically at once. If you want to go to the restaurant,… Continue reading

On being looked at / A propos du regard

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An opening note (though I should avoid disclaimers?): this is probably a post in process. I have many thoughts on this subject — the question of the gaze has been a very thorny… Continue reading

Les plumes et la perfection / Fountain pens and perfection

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(A perhaps slightly misleading image, as the journal in this photo is very Italian. The pen, however, is my beloved, battered old Waterman, made in France and bought for a hundred francs, roughly… Continue reading

Lunch Croque Monsieur

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It goes against stereotype, but I was in Paris for three days before I ate well. I am staying at a small hotel (no restaurant) in the 17th arrondissement, on the borders of… Continue reading

Hello Paris!

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The first of many rooftops. Paris has amazing rooftops. Why? I can’t pinpoint it. A symptom of the myth(s) of Paris? Well, here I am in the real Paris, and here I am… Continue reading

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