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

The Rooster Has Landed
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The Rooster Has Landed

At What age should you consider expatriation? As with all great beginnings, there will be a historic moment, a fateful date, when you will land. You will soon find out that the excellent lessons of this book apply to you differently depending on what age you are on that remarkable day of your American arrival. … Continue reading

Was it Love at First sight? How to Date an American.
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Was it Love at First sight? How to Date an American.

The Pilgrim’s progress of Sex demonstrateshow standard processes compare in the United States and France. This flowchart is a blueprint for dating that might lead to Serious Sex. Excerpt from chapter 6 – Women Forever in Make it Big in the USA Just because You are French, Jean-Pierre Ledauphin, 2012. Translation by Wallace B. Thompson Read more excerpts on … Continue reading

Hey, Le Monde, You Suck Too!
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Hey, Le Monde, You Suck Too!

The French take proper spelling very seriously. It starts in school, with the traditional exercise of the dictation. You lose half a point out of 20 if you miss an accent, one point if you misspell a noun, and two points if you make a grammatical mistake. If spelling is really not your thing, you may literally collect an ego-crushing 0/20 … Continue reading

Parenting the American Parent 2
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Parenting the American Parent 2

Because low to upper middle class parents view parenting as a second full-time job, there’s no way they won’t “maximize” the kid’s education and schedule. That means educational videos starting at age one (remember the “Baby Einstein” craze ten years ago? I now read that kids shouldn’t allowed to even see a screen before age two… who … Continue reading