The 0.504%

Three weekends ago I got unnecessarily emotional in an Asian supermarket. It was the first day of the Lunar New Year, I was standing in the beverage aisle in Chen’s Supermarket in Belleville’s 10th arondissement Chinatown, and as I rifled through the cans in search of a honey chrysanthemum drink I felt a weird lump […]

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Minding my manners

Paris is an excellent place to be in the New Year. In many ways, the French style de vie contradicts the stereotypical American way of life, a fact that any Parisian will not hesitate to remind you: les américains tend to use water and electricity more liberally, will eat wherever and whenever is most convenient, are glued to their […]

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Moving the moveable feast

To quote Ernest Hemingway in his posthumously published memoir on his life as a struggling young journalist in Paris, “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” Alas, unlike […]

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