…’where have you been all of my life?’ is what I was asking myself – surprised I had never heard of him and being such a French film fan and now planning to see all of his lowbrow slapstick comic roles – after making a rare cinematic pilgrimage to LA’s Cinerama Dome to get a ..
…the simple casual homey delicious macrobiotic Marais cafe established in 1980, where you feel like you are dropping by your very cool exotic earthy French aunt and uncle’s place for a fresh vegan homemade lunch (bus your own dishes!) – is my Parisian culinary salvation at whose front door I was hungrily waiting at noon ..
…on Canal St. Martin in my new favorite Paris neighborhood of Bellevue is a welcome find this afternoon – again biking my way to all corners of town – where contemporary art, design, photography materials are a welcome jolt of inspiration in a town otherwise shuttered for the month, and I wish every neighborhood had ..
…in the Marais is just around the corner from where I’m staying, so I like to bike (having subscribed to the Vélib’ bikeshare program I am spending all of my Parisian street time on two wheels) through the majestic/hidden portal off Rue de Rivoli no matter which way I’m headed to enjoy this grand outdoor ..
…is the ambitious summer civic project involving sandy beaches, colorful umbrellas, a swimming pool, striped cabanas, exotic palm trees, lounge chairs, and all of the August seaside pleasures of the Riviera delivered to the middle of the city for the beach-hungry Parisians stuck in town, and the fun part was seeing how seriously they received ..
…on this little lake in the woods nearby, where we are spending our days in the sun and water, are each big enough for one – maybe two people – and I’m starting to think that this is all I could ever need – and what more could we want for a quiet Augus..
…which we are later told might perhaps be edible, stops me on my afternoon hike from the lake, down the hill, through the woods, a shock of subtle but extravagant color in the relentless green aroun..
…this morning is slowly making it’s way from one side of the boardwalk to the other and catching my eye – as I am drawn to smaller and slower things here in ..
…took me from Amsterdam to Paris Gare du Nord in a speedy comfy fancy wified Thalys ride, then to a quaint modest pokey regional car out of Gare de L’Est to this hilly wooded region of Eastern France where I’ll be quietly retreating, doing yoga, reading, and che..
…is one of my favorite places in the Rome – where I’m lucky to have some French friends of friends in residence who I can go visit – and today I was treated to a tour of the gardens by one of the French fellows, a landscape historian who took us to the 20m high ..
…the 2008 film by Pascal-Alex Vincent featuring handsome twin brothers Alexandre and Victor Carril, which I just watched last week is a very slow picturesque film with almost no dialog – and at the moment I’m actually feeling like it is one of my all time favorite French films &#..
…in The Unbearable Lightness of Being reminded me of how awesome she is – and now I’m having a Juliette Binoche moment – watching Damage (1992), Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge (2007), Paris (2008), Caché (2005), and Chocolat (2000)… ..
…is a classy romantic publication by French New York photographer Nicolas Wagner (who shot the sexy images for the Animal Scores cards for the 2008 Whitney Biennial Animal Estates project) with a current issue called Acting French which is really exciting because we like French actors…a lot. (Crush Fanzin..
…is still on my mind, and I’m now finding older material, like this video for “If” with Etienne Daho, from which I have been memorizing the French lyrics, another symptom of my recent Franco-file tendencies, accompanied by fantasies of creating some sort of contemporary/non-new-agey incarnation of an intentional community in a farmhouse in a small ..
…has a song on the IRM (MRI en Francais), her just released collaboration with Beck, called Voyage that I have been listening to all afternoon, and this morning it was The Operation and it’s video (below) by Jean-Batiste Mondino which features the mysterious arrival of a male model, but I really like Charlotte (daughter of ..
…the 2007 musical French film by Christophe Honoré, made me so happy with its singing cast including three of my favorite young French actors, Ludivine Sagnier, Chiara Mastroianni, and, yes, especially Louis Garrel, whose songs from the soundtrack I have been listening to all d..