Tag Archives: The French

When Things Actually Change

A few weeks kicking around alone in Paris each December can be bad for you. There’s too much history there, involving far too many philosophers, who spent far too much time sitting in cafés being world-weary, in a sophisticated deeply … 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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Regarding National Character

We all know what most Americans think of the French – those cheese-eating surrender monkeys (we had to go over there and save their sorry butts, twice) – but when confronted by a suave and calm and elegantly controlled Frenchman, … 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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Discretion and Circumspection

Being one of those awful people who just does things because they sound interesting, when circumstances allow, there were those trips to Paris once or twice a year for a time – a few weeks alone there, just walking around … Continue reading

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