Profound Nonsense, The Little Prince and Claude Ponti
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Profound Nonsense, The Little Prince and Claude Ponti

Over many beautiful, useful, proper and reasonably successful children’s books listed in the New York Times list of best sellers, I would recommend any opus out of the weird and impressive bibliography of French-born contemporary writer and illustrator Claude Ponti. There’s hardly any redeeming value to the winding stories written and drawn by Ponti. His universes can seem dark … Continue reading

NYT: Au Revoir, Entrepreneurs
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NYT: Au Revoir, Entrepreneurs

By LIZ ALDERMANMARCH 22, 2014 French entrepreneurs have been fleeing to other countries, especially England, which some 350,000 now call home. London is a favorite destination for tech entrepreneurs, but other cities have attracted the French as well. France has been losing talented citizens to other countries for decades, but the current exodus of entrepreneurs … Continue reading

Quiet Corners of Paris
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Quiet Corners of Paris

Quiet Corners of Paris is a beautifully illustrated peek into eighty-one often overlooked, always beautiful, locales: hidden villas, winding lanes, little-known 19th-century passages, serene gardens, and cobblestone courtyards. Some of the places have breathtaking views, others are filled with historic and architectural details, from stone archways, garden follies, boxwood mazes, ornamental statuary, and stained glass … Continue reading

Style never gets old: from Kiki de Montparnasse to Kikidm
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Style never gets old: from Kiki de Montparnasse to Kikidm

In bohemian Montparnasse of the 1920s, Kiki escaped poverty to become one of the most charismatic figures of the avant-garde years between the wars. Partner to Man Ray, and one of the first emancipated women of the 20th century, Kiki made her mark with her freedom of style, word, and thought that could be learned … Continue reading

Harper’s Bazaar: An Exploration of French Style
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Harper’s Bazaar: An Exploration of French Style

Argentinian-born, French-raised Bérénice Vila Baudry has undertaken the  no-small-task of capturing the entirety of that undeniable French je ne sais  quoi — encompassed from Enlightenment to Existentialism, cinema to haute  couture, art to architecture — in one aptly named tome from Assouline,  French Style. Read more: Assouline’s French Style Guide – French Fashion by Berenice … Continue reading

How to Boost the French Economy? Lingerie! – Daily Plate of Crazy
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How to Boost the French Economy? Lingerie! – Daily Plate of Crazy

How to Boost the French Economy? Lingerie! – Daily Plate of Crazy. © D. A. Wolf It’s Bastille Day, le 14 juillet, the French national holiday. France has been in the news in recent months – with its economic woes, its moody malaise, even editorials recommending that younger French citizens leave the country for greater … Continue reading