Posts Tagged: France
Who is Benjamin Clementine? It’s a fair question to ask, considering this relatively unfamiliar artist was recently awarded the Mercury Prize (the UK’s parallel to the Grammy’s “Album of the Year”) for his album At Least For Now. The London artist, chosen over names like Aphex Twin and Florence + the Machine, dedicated his award to the victims of the Paris terror attacks....more
I can’t say I was surprised by the level of empathy my barber expressed for the victims of the Paris attacks, though I was intrigued by the empathy of a man whose daily life is so intertwined with the drug wars in Mexico, a war that has (by conservative estimates) claimed over 165,000 lives and disappeared over 27,000 people and 88 journalists, most notably Rubén Espinosa and Nadia Vera who were both savagely murdered in the Narvarte neighborhood of Mexico City earlier this year.
Poetry is one of the pillars of the town’s cultural policy.
There’s a new museum in the old town of Charleville-Mézières, France dedicated to Arthur Rimbaud, one of the country’s most celebrated poets. The coolest part? It’s in an old mill....more
Are you wandering the plazas of Grenoble, France, looking to spend a few minutes immersed in a story? But unfortunately, you left your Flannery O’Connor novel in the hotel room? No worries—Short Édition has your back. Er, your book. 24 hours a day, the publisher’s new vending machines offer up six hundred short stories, selectable in a unit of one, three, or five minute lengths....more
For Hyperallergic, Allison Meier takes a look at the image management of Louis XIV’s reign as told through the medium of elaborate and intricate medals that traveled across late 17th and early 18th century Europe. On display at the British Museum are the plans, designs, and final versions of these medals celebrating Louis XIV’s reign, as well as medals made in other countries to mock his grandiosity....more
As the world continues to mourn the 12 dead in Wednesday’s terrorist attack on the controversial French magazine Charlie Hebdo, satirists, cartoonists, writers, and editors have come together with PEN America to stand against the attack and bolster the necessity of free expression, even when that expression is offensive to some....more
Any author writing about contemporary experience in their own country can be seen as providing some kind of historical record. Modiano, however, goes further. His oeuvre – upward of twenty novels, plus poetry, plays and children’s fiction – acts as commentary and analysis of the French post-war experience.
A French public library has discovered that the institution possesses a rare ‘first folio’ of the works of William Shakespeare. There are many first folios, but these earliest anthologies all contain variations in the texts. (The writing we have come to know as the definitive works have actually been pieced together by scholars who’ve researched and compared the various versions of first folios.) For example, the newly discovered folio has changes in Henry IV:
In one scene in “Henry IV,” the word “hostess” is changed to “host” and “wench” to “fellow” — possibly reflecting an early performance where a female character was turned into a male.
Alors, Mademoiselle, have you noticed how we French, unlike our Anglo-Saxon friends, use all the muscles in our face and mouth when speaking? Raise your upper lip toward your nose. When performed correctly, this action will cause the nostrils to flare.
The New York Times reported yesterday on the notable difference between independent bookstores in France, and their struggling American counterparts.
The article describes the way in which government intervention and price fixing for French-language books has buoyed printed literature in the era of the e-book....more
Edouard Levé’s Suicide, a slim, declarative, idea-driven novel, is daring and raw, and packed full of rewards for any reader willing to take a wide step outside of the American mainstream....more
A twenty year-old French law that sought to keep the news media from promoting commercial enterprises is being newly reinforced.
This means that using “Facebook” and “Twitter” on air is strictly forbidden. This seems like a good way to stave off potential conflicts of interest, however with ubiquity having rendered these terms into (basically) general nouns, it might be difficult to find a vernacularly-fitting way around them....more
“All of the prostitutes are against the reopening of the brothels.” The French sex workers’ union takes a surprising stance. (Well, maybe not that surprising if you think about it.) (via TMN)
Now Arizona is going to start targeting illegal immigrant kids from the public schools....more