Tag Archives: Paris

Turning Damage Control into Fame

Fourteen years ago, late on a cold December night in Paris, it was watching the Simpsons on the small television set in the small hotel room – dubbed in German of all things. That was fine. It was perfectly understandable, … Continue reading

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Standing at Camus’ Window

Dropping by to see the famous sights doesn’t count. Anyone who has spent any time in Paris, kicking around alone, eventually has their own special Paris. That’s why Hemingway called Paris a Movable Feast – and to be young and … Continue reading

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Moderation Revisited

It wasn’t supposed to be this way – a prolonged cold snap in Los Angeles, with overnight lows near freezing and cold winds from the north all day, even if the sun is still shining as ridiculously as ever. Yeah, … Continue reading

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Wrestling the Absurd

We all have our heroes. For some of us it’s our fathers – someone needs to show you how to be both strong and a gentleman. And if you’re of a certain age and grew up in Pittsburgh, then Roberto … Continue reading

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Dreaming of Some Other Place

Let’s do this in the second person, because it could be you. That’s why people write in the second person – to suggest something that could be universal, or at least fairly common. And let’s posit a given, something everyone … Continue reading

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Nowhere Man

Back in the sixties the Beatles were singing that sad little ditty, Nowhere Man – He’s a real nowhere man, sitting in his nowhere land, making all his nowhere plans for nobody. You know the song – Doesn’t have a … Continue reading

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Obama, Son of Burke

It was a conversation ten years ago in Paris, walking back from the Marais to the hotel in the narrow little street behind the Flore. She, a Midwesterner from Ohio but now a French teacher here in Los Angeles, said … Continue reading

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