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

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Can Anyone Save French Food?

Can Anyone Save French Food? By MICHAEL STEINBERGER | MARCH 28, 2014 Last year, outraged headlines worldwide announced that as many as 70 percent of the restaurants in France were using ready-made meals produced offsite at large industrial kitchens. The real surprise was that anyone was surprised. 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

A French Guy Caught in Banksy’s “Exit Through the Gift Shop”
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A French Guy Caught in Banksy’s “Exit Through the Gift Shop”

The most amazing part of this film by Banksy is how a French guy (Thierry Guetta aka Mr. Brainwash) makes it big in the USA by robbing the British iconic artist of its manner and style… or not. Maybe the French guy is only a new Banksy project, the dreamer’s dream, a living (- and kind of thick) stencil.   What … 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