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Forget Wisdom of Markets, Storm the Bastille!

Wait a minute, those barbarians at the gate, they don’t look like Jacobins. They’re wearing Armani suits. They’re investment bankers, tired of toxic debt, demanding a bail out! About the image: Prise de la Bastille by Jean-Pierre-Louis-Laurent Houel [Source: Wikimedia … Continue reading

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Imaging Paris: From Mouffe to the Marais

Rue des Rosiers. [Photo by lodrorigdzin; all rights reserved] I didn’t realize Friday night that when Alex said he dropped by Café Mouffe, he wasn’t simply humoring my imaginary conceit. He was there, in Paris, and the photos of Café … Continue reading

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Imaging Paris: Rhino Rouge

Rhino Rouge.Centre Pompidou Beaubourg. [Photo by deneux_jacques] Thanks to deneux_jacques for sharing this image in the Creative Commons. See his superb photo set, Ah, Paris! Imaging Paris documents places in the city and the images that inhabit them. “Just as … Continue reading

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“The Paris brat ain’t made of straw”

Gavroche’s sleep inside the Elephant is interrupted by a whistle from the thug Montparnasse. He needs the gaman to help rescue one of his gang who has escaped from prison and is stranded precariously on the edge of a high … Continue reading

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“Mice which ate cats”

In Notre-Dame de Paris, Victor Hugo’s characters do not exchange  dialog. They declaim at one another, often histrionically.  The novel was written immediately after the tempestuous debut in 1829 of Hugo’s play, Hernani. Dramaturgy in one guise or another was … Continue reading

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