Have you ever felt like you belonged in another city? That your life was drab and boring, and if you could just save up the money and find a way out of this small town that your life would just be so much better? Well, science says you’re right. Some people are apparently more suited to people-watching in a Parisian cafe and others are more suited to a quick stroll in Central Park. Hopefully Buzzfeed is preparing its servers for the inevitable flood of people who’ll want to take their fate-deciding quizzes. … Read More
At the center of Wednesday’s attack at the Paris headquarters of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo is a new novel by the deeply controversial author Michel Houellebecq. This week, the novelist was featured on the illustrated cover of the paper dressed as a wizard, smoking a cigarette, and predicting: “In 2022, I do Ramadan.” Today his novel, the provocatively titled Submission, was released. Already stirring outrage in the French media, it imagines a Muslim president in France during the year 2022. … Read More
A good romantic comedy is a hard thing to find, and in the span of a few short years, young adult writer Stephanie Perkins has established herself as a wonderful writer of sweet and smart romantic comedies, with a loosely connected triptych of teenage love stories set in fabulous cities: Anna and the French Kiss (Paris), Lola and the Boy Next Door (San Francisco), and her newest book, Isla and the Happily Ever After (New York, Barcelona, Paris). There’s an earnest charm and swooning sincerity to her work, and the characters and cities unfold like a sweet teenage dream. Isla starts out with shy cartoonist Josh falling for the titular unconventional redhead, and the way their relationship unfolds is a delicious surprise — through Paris and New York, beyond the stresses of senior year, and other factors like being a senator’s son or having a best friend with Asperger’s. Isla is an entrancing conclusion to a delightful series, and we were excited to talk to Perkins about her writing process, romance, and her feelings about YA and adults. … Read More
Out of the 39 bridges crossing the River Seine in Paris, the Pont des Arts is one of the most striking: steel arches crisscross back and forth, creating a sturdy base for one of Paris’ most iconic pedestrian bridges, a famously romantic location to watch the sunset, have a picnic, or just make out. It has been a pedestrian bridge since 1804, linking the Louvre and the French Institute on each side. … Read More
We Americans have a general perception of what a Parisian looks like — a stereotype perpetuated as recently as last weekend’s Saturday Night Live. But just as most of our major metropolitan areas are incredibly diverse and impossible to contain in a single cultural stereotype, Paris is a melting pot, full of individuals with various backgrounds and identities. Russian photographer Constantin Mashinskiy is currently documenting the city’s inhabitants on his blog, 365 Parisiens, on which he posts a picture of a different stranger every day. (Think of it as an artier Humans of New York.) In his stark, black-and–white photographs, Mashinskiy captures the essence of a vibrant city through the various, sometimes extreme personalities of its residents. … Read More
Sure, Halloween is today, but autumn is just generally the best time of year to walk through a beautiful cemetery and appreciate not only the serenity, but also the landscape, intricate tombstones, and sometimes even the final resting places of famous historical figures. Some people find them creepy, while others purposely seek out graveyards when they go out of town. For those of the latter persuasion, here are 20 cemeteries you absolutely must visit — before you, well, end up in one… Read More
Happy Bastille Day! It’s the 224th anniversary of the storming of the famous Paris prison, which helped dismantled France’s repressive monarchy. If you can’t dance along the Champs-Élysées, but want to spread the Parisian pride, head past the jump for a few eloquent and adoring words from famous writers that celebrate the City of Light.
Even the cosmopolitan citizenry of Paris are already used to going out of their way to view art by an… Read More