Tag Archives: Paris

On Joining the Civilized World

The yearly trips to Paris started in 1997 – and then sometimes it was twice a year – because Paris isn’t Los Angeles, and Paris isn’t America. Paris always was the center of the civilized world – art, music, ideas, … Continue reading

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No Day for Cynics

This was no day for cynics. It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes everyone says enough is enough, and they take to the streets, and the world changes. That happened in 1789 in Paris, when the people, fed up with the … Continue reading

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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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