Tag Archives: Marine Le Pen

Only Memories Now

It was seventeen years ago. It was June. After two weeks of kicking around Paris and the south of France – Avignon and Arles and Aix and whatnot – and a side-trip to Rouen to visit a friend of a … Continue reading

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On the Move

Mnemonic devices can be useful. In France, the macaroon is mightier than the pen – or something. That may help American understand what just happened over there: The centrist Emmanuel Macron won a landslide victory over his far-right rival, Marine … Continue reading

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Not Always a Good Idea

Billy Wilder found it hard to be a young successful film director in Berlin in the thirties. He was Jewish. There was Hitler. He got the hell out of there. He headed for Hollywood, and here he became a wonder. … Continue reading

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Not Sleepy At All

Friday and Saturday nights here on the Sunset Strip are as wild as one would expect. The streets and clubs are jammed. Locals hide, and wait for Sunday morning, when the sun comes up over the Griffith Observatory in the … Continue reading

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Going Double-Dutch

Globalization and nationalism don’t mix well. They can’t, but this has been going on a long time. In the seventeenth century the Dutch were a global trading power, the global trading power, and the British wanted to be just that. … Continue reading

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