Tag Archives: Paris

A True Story

Once upon a time, I was, without knowing it, a magician. All it took for me to actualize a desire was simply to will it.  But, at a certain point, my powers started to dissipate until, zap, they just totally … Continue reading

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Bon Voyage!

Tomorrow, I will be like the Eiffel Tower—high in the sky. Back on the ground, I will avoid getting lost in that  labyrinth the French call métro by walking the rues of Marais with the Petite Mademoiselle. We will gawk … Continue reading

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The Gaze of Victorine Meurent

The woman in the painting was looking at her.  Luz was at the Musée d’Orsay in front of Manet’s Le Dejeuner sur herbe. The woman in question was sitting on the grass totally naked next to two men fully clothed. … Continue reading

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Droit d’image

The French have a not so photogenic privacy law that prohibits you from photographing anyone, even in a public place, without their written permission.  Had the law been activated before 1970, we would not have had the pleasure of seeing … Continue reading

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Exercises in Style

He had a degree in  philosophy.  However, Raymond Queneau is known as a writer.  For awhile, he hung out with the Surrealists but questioned their fixation with the subconscious since he preferred mathematics and rational reasoning. Queneau’s best known work … Continue reading

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Coco Chanel

Undoubtedly, Coco Chanel is known for her elegance, personal mystique and glamorous lifestyle. But, as with Dorian Gray, just how photogenic is a hedonist? Gabrielle Chanel’s mother died when she was twelve. Her father abandoned her and her sisters at … Continue reading

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Truffles and Toulouse-Lautrec

A truly beautiful person is one who is good at discovering beauty. Daisaku Ikeda For my birthday, on my FB timeline Franca posted a Daisaku Ikeda essay entitled “The Flowering of Creative Life Force”.  One phrase in particular really struck … Continue reading

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