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The Yellow Vests and Why There Are So Many Street Protests in France | The New Yorker
Two truths hold: rage is ignored at its peril and must always be addressed, however irrational it may seem; and rage can never, in itself, constitute a politics. Those who bet that they can benefit from rage, or exploit it, eventually lose their bets, and sometimes their heads. It is vital, as the yellow vests symbolically remind us, that everyone in a nation is seen. But being seen is not the same as being saved. That takes the hard work of real reform.
france  protest  politics  europe  power  violence  attention  climate  climatechange 
6 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
Hans Zimmer Extracts the Secrets of the ‘Inception’ Score - ArtsBeat Blog - NYTimes.com
“I had to go and extract these two notes out of a recording. I love technology, so it was a lot of fun for me to go and get the original master out of the French national archives. And then find some crazy scientist in France who would actually go and take that one cell out of the DNA.”

“Just for the game of it,” Mr. Zimmer said, “all the music in the score is subdivisions and multiplications of the tempo of the Édith Piaf track. So I could slip into half-time; I could slip into a third of a time. Anything could go anywhere. At any moment I could drop into a different level of time.”

“Everybody thinks the dream is the important part. For me, the time was the important part: the idea that, in a peculiar way, Chris had made a time-travel movie that actually worked.”
songwriting  movies  technology  time  cinema  film  creativity  france 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Racial Tinge Stains World Cup Exit in France - NYTimes.com
"People doubt that those of immigrant backgrounds are capable of respecting the nation."
france  from twitter
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Abroad - French Commercials - Aimed at the Heart More Than the Wallet - NYTimes.com
“That’s because we have always had a very unhealthy relationship to money. To us money implies corruption, and moreover, because we consider ourselves the inventors of freedom, never mind if that’s not true, we still consider advertising as a kind of manipulation. This explains why television commercials started so late here — essentially because leftist opposition saw ads as corrupting the soul.”
marketing  france  europe  identity  money  television 
february 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Independent Minds - Andrew Keen - Trouble in Paris
In his latest book, Tribes, Seth Godin, a leading American marketing blogger, confesses to obsessively checking his email at 4.00 am while on holiday in Jamaica. “It took me a long time to figure out why I was so happy to be checking my email in the middle of the night,” he writes. “It had to do with passion. Other than sleeping, there was nothing I’d rather have been doing in that moment.” In Silicon Valley then, work is passion; in Europe, I suspect, passion at 4.00 am is something entirely different.
europe  culture  internet  social  usa  media  france  innovation  business  entrepreneurs 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
France. Sex. Problem? - NYTimes.com
“Prostitution is the last sexual territory owned by men. Men are in control of pleasure and have the right to buy it. Women do not. A lot of my friends are alone, lonely, divorced. They can’t always reinvent themselves with another man and a new family. So I decided to show a female client of a male escort. She’s not a victim. She is a woman who is in control of her life, her feelings, her sexual pleasure.”
gender  sex  culture  europe  film  society  movies  france  women  men  economics  marketing  books  happiness  feminism 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
John Kerry: The road bike warrior - How the World Works - Salon.com
"Here are some excerpts from an account of a ride during the convention Kerry did with Jonathan Vaughters, the director of one of the two American teams to compete in this year's Tour de France, Garmin-Chipotle (named after the team's two sponsors)."
bicycling  kerry  democrats  transit  transportation  sports  politics  campaigns  elections  france 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Abroad - With Flemish Nationalism on the Rise, Belgium Teeters on the Edge - NYTimes.com
“In a global society, nations are less important. It’s a moral question. Does a culture have a right to stand up for itself? More than that: Do unity and nationhood take priority over one’s culture? That’s not just an issue for Belgians but everyone.”
language  europe  france  belgium  netherlands  culture 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
BBC NEWS | Europe | Paris 68: Revolution or charade?
"In politics, in academia, in the media, you have a well-oiled mechanism that promotes people who share the 1960s ethos."
1960s  academia  politics  media  france  identity  aesthetics  europe 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Le Romantique - New York Times
"I dreamed all this. The streets, the house, the junkyard. I dreamed it, and now it's here.” “Maybe you're still asleep." "Possibly. That's always a possibility."
film  cinema  creativity  france  nyc  aesthetics  video  music 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Author Paulo Coelho thrives on extremes - Yahoo! News
"One day the shelves in my apartment collapsed, and I saw all my books on the floor, and I thought to myself, why do I have these books, to impress my friends? I feel a book must travel."
books  fiction  novels  brazil  france  writing  creativity 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Nerve Q&A: Wes Craven
"Horror reflects things about ourselves that are ugly, and people need to deny that, to assume that it's just coming from whoever made the film and not reflecting human nature."
aesthetics  cinema  film  psychology  social  memory  beauty  france 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
U.S. spouses cheat like the French -- but feel worse | Lifestyle | Reuters
"Americans have gotten more tolerant on practically every major sexual issue from having a child out of wedlock to divorce ... and homosexuality. We're more accepting of all these issues except infidelity, where we've gotten stricter."
sex  gay  marriage  relationships  usa  france  identity  love  children  parenting  psychology 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Royal Finds Female Voters Resistant - washingtonpost.com
"She's getting on my nerves every time she focuses on her motherhood. Of course women can have children. So what? That's not the reason why I'll vote for her . . . but because I don't like the others."
women  elections  france  voting  leadership  gender  feminism  government 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Just for Laughs: Newer Than New Wave
"Remaking a New Wave film is kind of like being in what used to be called, circa 1972, an 'open' marriage: If you’re faithful, you’re unfaithful."
cinema  aesthetics  france  identity  usa  creativity 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Folk Wear for the World
“Too many people are making clothes that look realistic and plausible on the runway, that are never going to happen. So much of it is just a piece of boring something to promote an image, to sell underwear, handbags and perfume."
fashion  france  usa  identity  aesthetics  beauty  marketing 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
BBC NEWS | Europe | Finland makes Latin the King
"The legend of Elvis Presley lives for ever, and it's of course very important to sing Elvis Presley's songs in the Latin language, because Latin is the eternal language."
language  finland  rock  europe  identity  france 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Nerve: Lost in Translation, by Scott Mebus
"I need my greatest weapon, my tongue, or else I'm reduced to a savage. I make too many dumb mistakes in love to deny myself a chance to talk my way out of them. It's what I'm good at."
sex  language  identity  aesthetics  europe  germany  france  usa  men  women 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Crown Jewel
"[T]hose willing to take the film on its own terms will be confronted with a portrait that, while perhaps unsettling in its revisionist sympathies, offers a valid provocation at a time when Americans are debating the costs of isolation [...]"
cinema  france  18thcentury  music  1980s  rock  fashion  power  politics 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette"
"It would be overstating the case to call it a work of social criticism, but beneath its highly decorated surface is an examination, touched with melancholy as well as delight, of what it means to live in a world governed by rituals of acquisition [...]"
cinema  france  18thcentury  royalty  biography 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Paris la Nuit
“The night suggests, it does not show. The night disquiets and surprises us with its otherness. It releases forces within us which by day are dominated by reason.”
paris  france  photography  identity  cities  aesthetics  urban 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Independent UK: Marjane Satrapi: Princess of darkness
"'I put it in my mouth. The smoke enters my body, through an orifice. It gives me pleasure. And it leaves...' She exhales. 'By the same orifice. I think it reminds them of... something.'"
comedy  fiction  graphicnovel  iran  france  uk  cigarettes  smoking  sex 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Observer: High brow French develop a taste for kiss-and-tell celebrity gossip
"When the dramatic production of your life and relationships and marriage, like that of Sarkozy, becomes an essential ingredient of your political identity, then that really is 'peopolisation.'"
politics  media  journalism  france  celebrity  aesthetics 
december 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian UK: Kind of blue
"I'm a Muslim, but not practising. I don't veil myself and I wear jeans. I don't think I can speak for Muslim women, but it's good to get rid of the cliches, and show that we're not all terrorists - or Rai singers."
rai  islam  women  algeria  france  songwriting  music 
october 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: How Curious George Escaped the Nazis
"Like Hans Reyersback and Margarete Waldstein, the little French monkey Fifi would change his name, and it would become one to remember."
children  fiction  brazil  germany  nazi  france 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: 'French Women Don't Get Fat': Like Champagne for Chocolate
"If a lot of what she dispenses is universally sound advice with a French label, she's smart to apply it. We may profess to despise her compatriots in all their arrogance, but secretly we still find Paris far sexier than South Beach."
france  marketing  food  books  reviews 
february 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Observer UK: Vive les Rosbifs
"'I don't want to know about France,' he declared in an interview last year. 'I was born there, but I feel English. The French are arrogant and selfish and always need people to tell them they're the best.'"
france  language  europe  uk  expatriate 
january 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: What Derrida Really Meant
"By struggling to find ways to overcome patterns that exclude the differences that make life worth living, he developed a vision that is consistently ethical."
france  identity  obituaries  philosophy  theory 
october 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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