Category Archives: Paris

Strange No Longer

Paris in early December is a wonderful place – the odd little Christmas villages tucked away here and there, selling little Jesus and Mary figures and small pots of questionable foie gras, the old-school window displays at the big department … Continue reading

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On Americans Turning Italian

There’s this problem with Italians in American culture. We turn them into cartoons. You get your pneumatic sex goddesses like Sophia Loren, and all the mobsters from the Godfather through the Sopranos, and the eccentrics like Fellini and his literary … Continue reading

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Pass the Cognac

A long time ago there was this skinny young kid from Pittsburgh, and when he was at Westinghouse High School he was reading the New Yorker and learning French – an odd thing for a young, gay black man. And … Continue reading

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Signs of Change

A former friend, now gone missing as sometimes happens – people drift away, somehow – would now and then comment on her hometown, Paris, saying that each time she went back to visit her mother she understood how America was … Continue reading

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The New World

Shortly after Barack Obama won the election, rather handily, Our Man in Paris, Ric Erickson, the editor of MetropoleParis, left a comment at this site:   What are we going to do now that we’ve won? Who are we going … Continue reading

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Respect, Deference and Lying

It was about ten years ago, on the third or fourth solo trip to Paris to kick around for a few weeks and feel more at home than is possible here in Hollywood – where no one ever feels at … Continue reading

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Fireworks Bungled

Our Man in Paris, Rick Erickson, editor of MetropoleParis, was, last Wednesday, getting prepared, photographically, for Bastille Day – the plan was to get some fireworks shots, or at least some snazzy summer-nights-in-Paris shots. Over the JUST ABOVE SUNSET photography … Continue reading

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