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A Courtesan’s Advice For Carla Bruni: “Don’t Eat That Bling!”

Comparing the extravagance of Carla Bruni and Marie-Antoinette reminded me of another sordid tale of conspicuous consumption from The Daily Mail, which got its facts from that august nexus of science and celebrity gossip, the British Medical Journal. A study published last December in the BMJ found toxic concentrations of gold and mercury in the remains of Diane de Poitiers, mistress of the 16th-century French king, Henry II . Diane likely succumbed to the French nobility’s predilection for drinking elixir of gold (think of it as a bling smoothie) in hopes of preserving eternal youth. Continue reading

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Was Man Ray’s “Emak-Bakia” the “Avatar” of the 1920s?

When Man Ray’s short film “Emak-Bakia” debuted in Paris in 1926, critical opinion was mixed. One angry viewer shouted that it gave him a headache and hurt his eyes, to which another retorted, “Shut up!” A brawl ensued, which spread through the audience and spilled into the street. Then the police arrived to quell the riot.

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The King Is Dead. Long Live The Herons!

The statistics are staggering for the wine auction at La Tour d’Argent, the venerable Left Bank restaurant with a 27-room wine cellar [left; photo by David Queen/Wikipedia]. The auction fetched more than a million euros, according to AFP. A bottle … Continue reading

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Revisionist Remix for ‘A Moveable Feast’

Hemingway with his first wife, Hadley Richardson, left, and his second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer. [Source: Hemingway Collection/JFK Library/AP/NYT] Ernest Hemingway said some mean things about Gertrude Stein and Zelda Fitzgerald in A Moveable Feast.  He never forgave Zelda for suggesting … Continue reading

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Paris, je t’aime - Bastille

After I posed the rhetorical question yesterday about video tributes to world-class neighborhoods, Alex sent me Paris, je t’aime-Bastille. Point well-taken, and many thanks! According to Wikipedia: Bastille (XIIe arrondissement) — by Spanish writer-director Isabel Coixet. Prepared to leave his … Continue reading

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