Posts Tagged ‘Current Events’

“A new American dream”

Today this is the headline of the – usually very staid – French newspaper Le Monde. A historic election indeed, but, as noted by Richard at Le Fleur de Lys Too, hardly the first time we had African-American or female candidates running for the Presidency or Vice Presidency. So this blog salutes trailblazers Frederick Douglass […]



Farewell, Mr. Hillerman

I never had the privilege of meeting Tony Hillerman, but I knew him through his books. I immersed myself in the adventures of his two Navajo cops. Wonderful characters: experienced, level-headed, secular Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, opposed to rookie Detective Jim Chee, who had such a hard time mixing his police duties with his ongoing training […]



And the Nobel goes to… Le Clézio

After the highly controversial statements by Horace Engdahl, permanent secretary of the Nobel prize jury for literature, no one expected an American writer to receive the award this year. Yet the 2008 laureate, Frenchman Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is the author of over 30 novels and essays, received in […]



Before Wall Street: tulip mania

To bail out, or not to bail out? Commentators are bringing up images of the French Revolution, as with any other political topic du jour. I prefer this featured Wikipedia entry, which takes us back to 1637 in the Netherlands, when one single tulip bulb was worth as much as 12 acres of land. Those […]



Death of a great actor: Paul Newman

Actually, “great actor” doesn’t seem quite adequate to describe Paul Newman. A Titan of Hollywood, writes the New York Times. What a career! The last time I saw Paul Newman in a film was in The Road to Perdition. He was then in his late 70s, and more handsome, more charismatic than ever. Remember that […]



Mark your calendars: “Le Diner des Chefs” at Versailles on September 17

The venue is Le Grand Trianon, the more intimate and (relatively) modest palace built within the grounds of Versailles by Louis XIV, who wanted to enjoy some privacy away from the Court. The place should not be confused with Le Petit Trianon, built by Louis XV for Madame de Pompadour and later presented to Marie-Antoinette […]



Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: “One word of truth shall outweigh the whole world.”

As readers, writers, human beings, I don’t think we would be quite the same without Solzhenitsyn. I was in my late teens when I discovered A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich and The Cancer Ward. I was, and remain amazed by his ability to describe the most harrowing of settings and situations without […]