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Paris at full speed

Amazing film from Claude Lelouch: "C’etait un rendez-vous", 1976 which is about from one side of Paris to the other in less than 8 minutes in a Ferrari 275/GTB. Count (if you can) the number of red lights the car is passing by! Some background info on the Independent web site.
From vowe via Le Meur


Marc Goldberg has a wonderful Blaise Pascal’s quote from Les Pensees on his blog:
We do not rest satisfied with the present. We anticipate the future as too slow in coming, as if in order to hasten its course; or we recall the past, to stop its too rapid flight. So imprudent are we that we […]

Real van Gogh ?

Answer here. I am not a fan of van Gogh, but I like this painting very much. The red pear looks great.


Went to see the Raphael: From Urbino to Rome exhibition at the National Gallery.
This was great. The exhibit stresses the artist’s formative years and ends with his grave, fully matured portrait of Pope Julius II (1511) and his "Veiled Lady" (1512-13). The show is especially intelligently arranged and features a lot of Raphael’s unknown […]

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Went to see Eternal Sunshine while in Paris Wednesday afternoon. Good film, and believe me I never thought I will say that for a film featuring Jim Carrey. A romantic comedy with a twist, and without the standard romance cliches. The story is by Charlie Kaufman and has this original and complex setting which reminds […]

Books of the year

The Observer’s celebrity critics select the most memorable reads of 2004. Article.

DNA of litterature project

The Paris Review has decided to make their archive of interviews (10,000+ pages) available completely free of charge online. The site is live since yesterday with 50s authors such as Alberto Moravia, William Styron, Geoges Simenon, etc. The following decades will be open between now and July.