This is my France.

Things That Make Me Love France #5: Street Names Like This

No George Bush Turnpikes here, boy!
Jul 12

Things That Make Me Love France #5: Street Names Like This

No George Bush Turnpikes here, boy!

Things That Make Me Love France #4: 1 Euro for Citizen K
Jul 11

Things That Make Me Love France #4: 1 Euro for Citizen K

Jul 3

One of My Favorite Memories of Béziers

The town was kind of a shithole, but it had its moments. The second to my last day in Béziers, I saw a zit-faced teenage kid with side-swept bangs and earphones sitting on a rail singing “Love Will Tear Us Apart” off-key, with a French accent. I wanted to give him a high five and gush how Joy Division is one of my all time favorite bands, but A) I didn’t want to come off like a creepy, middle-aged lady trying to be “hip”, B) my French wasn’t good enough to be “down” with teenagers anyway, and C) I didn’t want to ruin his groove. The kid saw my hesitation and looked up, and I just flashed an awkward smile and continued walking. Think it made the memory sweeter this way.

As I walked away, I thought about my own 18 month old son having a moment like this later in his life… And praying to God that he doesn’t try to rock a fucking Bieber haircut when he’s 13.

Living in Paris is going to be fucking great. Smell ya later,  Béziers. 

http://pitchfork.com/news/43044-announcing-pitchfork-music-festival-paris/
Jul 3

Living in Paris is going to be fucking great. Smell ya later, Béziers.

http://pitchfork.com/news/43044-announcing-pitchfork-music-festival-paris/

(Source: pitchfork, via kenzel)

Today is reblog day on TIMF. Lazy and too tired after the move.

beingblackandwhite:

Vivre sa Vie, Jean-Luc Godard, 1962
Jul 3

Today is reblog day on TIMF. Lazy and too tired after the move.

beingblackandwhite:

Vivre sa Vie, Jean-Luc Godard, 1962

Pulsifiers’ comment was too good not to reblog. 

Official announcement: This blog fully endorses all unadulterated idolatry of Louis Garrel.

pulsifers:

#let me chew on each of your moles for at least ten minutes omg ten minutes EACH
Jul 3

Pulsifiers’ comment was too good not to reblog.

Official announcement: This blog fully endorses all unadulterated idolatry of Louis Garrel.

pulsifers:

#let me chew on each of your moles for at least ten minutes omg ten minutes EACH

(via histoiresdepetitesfilles)

suicidewatch:

Jane Birkin & Alain Delon
Jul 3

suicidewatch:

Jane Birkin & Alain Delon

Accidental Mise-en-Abyme
Jun 23

Accidental Mise-en-Abyme

Eau So Fresh. Eau So Good.

Daisy by Marc Jacobs topiary campaign. Paris. Le Marais. June 2011.
Jun 22

Eau So Fresh. Eau So Good.

Daisy by Marc Jacobs topiary campaign. Paris. Le Marais. June 2011.

My Favorite Piece at Centre Pompidou Today

A diptych by Danish artist
Troels Wörsel. Untitled, 2007. Oil on canvas.
Jun 21

My Favorite Piece at Centre Pompidou Today

A diptych by Danish artist
Troels Wörsel. Untitled, 2007. Oil on canvas.

M. Chat Co-opted.

Monsieur Chat, the iconic Parisian graffiti created by Thomas Vuille and subject of Chris Marker’s 2004 documentary, is now pushing bikes for BHV, a mega Parisian department store. And the cog turns and turns…
Jun 19

M. Chat Co-opted.

Monsieur Chat, the iconic Parisian graffiti created by Thomas Vuille and subject of Chris Marker’s 2004 documentary, is now pushing bikes for BHV, a mega Parisian department store. And the cog turns and turns…

"There’re no cholesterol or muffin tops in France. We’ve eradicated them."

- Mon mari, in defense of his gluttonous eating habits, as he chomped on his third thick slice of St. Nectaire—post dinner, of course. This is France, afterall.

Jun 11
Things That Make Me Love France #3: Thou Shalt Not Mention Facebook or Twitter on French Airwaves
Call me a sucker for micro-regulation, but when it’s in the name of equalizing the playing field, I’m all for it. Guess I’m in the right country for that. 
Just this Monday, the “big” French government banned the words “Facebook” and “Twitter” from being mentioned by French news organizations unless it’s specifically for news purposes. This regulation echoes the March 27, 1992 decree that forbids unfair advertising or promotion of private enterprises or programs. Read more about it here. 
Jun 10

Things That Make Me Love France #3: Thou Shalt Not Mention Facebook or Twitter on French Airwaves

Call me a sucker for micro-regulation, but when it’s in the name of equalizing the playing field, I’m all for it. Guess I’m in the right country for that.

Just this Monday, the “big” French government banned the words “Facebook” and “Twitter” from being mentioned by French news organizations unless it’s specifically for news purposes. This regulation echoes the March 27, 1992 decree that forbids unfair advertising or promotion of private enterprises or programs. Read more about it here

Things That Make Me Love France #2: No Trucks Allowed on Weekends
In France, large trucks, like 18-wheelers or lorries, are banned from the road on weekends and on bank holidays. Small trucks, like those owned by local farmers carrying produce headed to the weekend market, are permitted passage. 
Jun 10

Things That Make Me Love France #2: No Trucks Allowed on Weekends

In France, large trucks, like 18-wheelers or lorries, are banned from the road on weekends and on bank holidays. Small trucks, like those owned by local farmers carrying produce headed to the weekend market, are permitted passage. 

Things That Make Me Love France #1: Fixed Prices on Books
In France, books have fixed prices, meaning publishers work in conjunction with book merchants to set a standard price for each title. This price is upheld for an agreed amount of time, i.e. no less than 5% of the published price until the paperback edition comes out, or the seasonal sales kick in, etc. Such equitable regime allows for mom and pop shops to compete with giants like Amazon.com or hypermarchés like Auchan and to sustain their livelihood.
This law, commonly known as the Lang Law, was put into effect on August 10, 1981 and was named after Jack Lang, the French Minister of Culture at the time. 
Towards the end of last year, the current Minister of Culture Fréderic Mitterand (yes, the nephew of that Mitterand) pushed for a fixed price legislation on e-book prices and was successful in passing it through the French parliament.
Photo Credit: via SL Emerick on Flickr.
Jun 10

Things That Make Me Love France #1: Fixed Prices on Books

In France, books have fixed prices, meaning publishers work in conjunction with book merchants to set a standard price for each title. This price is upheld for an agreed amount of time, i.e. no less than 5% of the published price until the paperback edition comes out, or the seasonal sales kick in, etc. Such equitable regime allows for mom and pop shops to compete with giants like Amazon.com or hypermarchés like Auchan and to sustain their livelihood.

This law, commonly known as the Lang Law, was put into effect on August 10, 1981 and was named after Jack Lang, the French Minister of Culture at the time. 

Towards the end of last year, the current Minister of Culture Fréderic Mitterand (yes, the nephew of that Mitterand) pushed for a fixed price legislation on e-book prices and was successful in passing it through the French parliament.

Photo Credit: via SL Emerick on Flickr.