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Zazie dans le métro . . . et ailleurs !* Posted by on Jul 26, 2016

Metro entry

I finished a new livre (book) on vacation last week à la plage (at the beach).** Ok, it wasn’t new-new, but it was new to me. Zazie dans le métro (Zazie in the subway) is a 1959 novel by French author Raymond Queneau that was revolutionary in its use of language. Zazie (a name created by…

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Rastignac Posted by on Jul 25, 2016

Courtesy of Cactusbeetroot on Flickr.

In French culture, intellectualism runs deep. It’s not uncommon to have feuds by contemporary philosophers or scholars followed by the media and even become front page news. Recently, I was reading about a feud between two French scholars engaged in a public feud. They threw insults at each other through opinion pieces printed in newspapers,…

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Il Fait Chaud – It’s Hot In France Posted by on Jul 20, 2016

"Sun in the sky" by Kamalakanta Jena, CC BY-SA 3.0.

The past few days have been hot, incredibly hot. La canicule (the heatwave) is here and that means trying hard to keep cool while the sun is up. After a few too many days without la climatisation (air conditioning), I had to buy un ventilateur. Just a few weeks ago I was enjoying SGDQ, but…

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A Bastille Day Tribute Posted by on Jul 19, 2016


Last week’s Bastille Day celebrations ended in tragedy. Any day is the wrong day for such a terrible act, but on that day – a celebration of the French ideals of liberté, égalité, et fraternité (liberty, equality, and brotherhood) – it felt especially awful. July 14 may be changed forever by the events in Nice,…

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July 14, 2016 Posted by on Jul 19, 2016


France is once again in the news. Over the past year and a half, I have had to write several posts dedicated to the victims of terrorist attacks that targeted France: The Charlie Hebdo and related attacks in January 2015, the November 2015 attacks across Paris, and now the horrible events of last Thursday on…

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