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By Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas.

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This book is so overly salacious and stereotyped that you just have to love it. It is the idealized French woman’s guide to seduction, slander, and sarcastically subsisting on snobbery and sleights. Too many s-adjectives?

It is a book that is as flawed and forgivable as the Parisienne herself. Starting with the title, it should really be called How To Be A Parisienne Wherever You Are. Sure, men can read it, I even found myself nodding in mutual sympathy for the poor Parisienne entering the metro the wrong way…


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Typically, on this blog, we explore exalted literary works with elaborate plots from eloquent wordsmiths. That doesn’t describe this book. This book is for the thick-headed among us (myself included) who benefit from a good yelling at every once in a while.

I used to have this coach also named Dave, who came from Liverpool to teach us dumb Americans how to play soccer/football/non-American football/the circular one you kick with your feet. Dave looked like a Winston Churchill impersonator and his accent when he yelled at us sounded like an angry Beatle. His tactics were not revolutionary. We learned no…


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In the late 1970s my father, grandparents, and uncle left New York City in a Winnebago to explore the country. I cannot imagine a more ill-prepared group of city people to attempt this rural loop of America’s heartland. The plan was to spend a few months, making their way west, driving down Route 1 in California, and then from San Diego, they would head eastward back to NYC.

There were of course the comedic mishaps and familial clashes, many of them expertly parodied in Robin William’s 2006 film RV. …


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There are two contributors to this publication. One of us brings you a detailed and professional analysis of classic literature and the latest erudite essayists. Her articles are meticulously crafted from notes and research, and they will make you smarter.

On the other hand, you have me. I write with classic rock blasting in my ears, chugging coffee, and I let the words spew forth without much consideration. I write in short paragraphs with Anglo-Saxon words and compose as if I’m trying to hold the attention of a goldfish-brained audience. Still here?

I’d like to say that I have been…


Photo by Michelle Ziling Ou

There are really only two types of French people. The ones in your head and the ones you find on the street. I, like you, had many idealized, romanticized, and generalized stereotypes about the French. I really thought that within two seconds of stepping out of Gare de Nord, a Parisienne wearing a striped shirt, red beret, and high heels sat atop a vintage bike with a basket filled with baguettes and a small offensive dog, would crash into me and we would fall in love. …


Photo by Jon Tyson. Book by Barry Schwartz. Published by Cuaderno Reciclado. Article by Me.

One night at a bar in the East Village, I overheard a conversation that was like a sledgehammer to my ego. As I sat down I had just enough time to scan the group in the booth behind us. They were cool. Artists or hipsters probably. Dressed in thrift and heavily accessorized.

We were decidedly uncool. I was there on business, caught between a dweeb from the London office and an antisocial from Pittsburgh. The Londoner, in true English tradition, was there to show off…


Book Review: At The Existentialist Café - Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails by Sarah Bakewell

At the Existentialist Café by Sarah Bakewell is the philosophy book for those that would rather be reading a novel. The work begins, as in any good novel, by setting a scene. We are in Paris, in a smoky café in the quarter known as Saint-Germain-des-Prés where existentialists in their black woolen turtlenecks discuss a new way of thinking. Characters walk in and out of the café as the author expertly weaves history and revelation.

A Shameful Origin

To discover the origins of existentialism Blackwell takes us to Germany during the interwar years, because unlike other philosophies formed an actual tower (see her…


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I believe that everyone should have a side hustle. Side hustles put more cash in your pocket, they allow us to pursue careers of our own choosing, and they prevent us from becoming bored and stagnant at work. Successful side hustles can teach us new skills and launch independent careers which often eclipse our old jobs in both rewards and achievement.

Many potential side hustlers I have met struggle not, with the question of whether or not to take on a side hustle, but which one to pursue. We all have busy lives and the definition of a side hustle…


I am the most mentally unstable person that I know.

I have only recently realized this.

Every morning, the first person I talk to is myself. That inner dialogue starts a frenzied ticker-tape volley of thoughts the moment consciousness reaches me. Presumably, it was busy wreaking havoc on my dreams but, fortunately, I usually can’t remember those. I sulk out of my bed and prepare with my trusty Bialetti Moka pot the coffee which I hope will prepare me, not for the tasks of my day, but for the coming battle with myself.

I used to live in New York…

Ecrivian

A Writer

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