Written and Edited by Adrian Leeds
Published by International Living
January 28, 2001
In this issue:
*** Participate in the Future of Art
*** Reserve Now Before It’s Too Late
*** Survive on your own in Paris IN FRENCH
*** The Literary Left Bank and Paris is a Woman
*** Rochefort’s been French Fried
*** Today’s Health-Food Sweetheart
*** Superb Suburban Apartment
*** Our Favorite Rental Agencies
*** Seaside Resort Home in Bretagne
*** Painting in a 12th Century City
*** How to Increase Your Children’s Wealth
*** Marry Me — I Speak French!
*** Jumpin’ Jazz at Bercy
*** Authentically Italian Near the Places des Vosges
*** French Sociologist, Philosopher,
Pierre Bourdieu Dies at 71
*** BONJOUR FROM PARLER PARIS!
There simply aren’t enough hours in the day to do all the
things there are to do in Paris…and in English,
Since I last wrote, in addition to my normal International
Living work efforts and Parler Parlor sessions, I attended
the house- warming of the new Palais de Tokyo, attended a
play (in English and French), had drinks in an Irish pub,
went to a "vernissage" (opening) of a friend’s new
paintings, attended a "metaphysical" philosophy cafe,
visited an exhibition of artists’ works at a contemporary
art fair, attended a dinner on a "peniche" (barge) on the
Seine with a lecture by a well-known American artist,
attended the annual meeting of my apartment building’s
association, not to mention dinners in five restaurants
(one new Camerounian, one new Auvergnate) and a three-hour
walking tour just to get exercise!
Am I exhausted? No! Exhilarated! And Paris is more
excitingly beautiful every day.
The single most impressive highlight of the week’s events
is one that you won’t want to miss yourself:
THE PALAIS DE TOKYO, next to the Musée d’Art Moderne de la
Ville de Paris, was an initiative of the Ministry of
Culture and Communication in 1999 to reinvent it as a
laboratory dedicated to contemporary arts. The theme:
"Participate in the Future of Art."
This past week, the city opened its doors with a five-day
house- warming party. Now open Tuesday through Sunday from
12 noon to 12 midnight, the 12-hour per day schedule should
give you plenty of opportunity to experience this new,
inventive center for the creative spirit.
Filled with contemporary artists’ installations, a
bookshop/boutique, and cafeteria, it is a haven for
creative talent as well as appreciates of contemporary art
and free thought.
If you want to do more than be an observer, you can
participate in the myriad of programs available to interact
with — via their study programs, lectures, thematic
evenings, performances, debates, showcases, fashion shows,
readings and of course, exhibitions in constant flux and
My favorite on display right now? Tough to choose between
the huge mounds of dirt that a group of men in day-glo
dress mount and descend over and over again on a video tape
or the free-form three-meter high sculpture made of white
paper lamp shades or the four-meter high wastepaper basket
filled with newspapers and magazines. Either way, if you’re
like me, you will walk away with merriment and wonder
trying to understand how these young creative minds’ think,
or don’t "think" and simply "create," which is what art for
me is all about.
Palais de Tokyo
Site de creation comtemporaine
13, avenue du President Wilson
Tel : 01 4723 5401
Fax : 01 4720 1531
Admission is 5 euros and worth every cent.
A la prochaine fois…
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*** THE ULTIMATE TRAVEL WRITER’S WORKSHOP…IN PARIS!
April 23 – 26, 2002
The Ultimate Travel Writer’s Workshop is getting BOOKED UP
— so if you haven’t been able to make a firm decision yet,
maybe it would be smart to RESERVE NOW to take advantage of
the EARLY REGISTRATION SAVINGS of $200 simply by making a
deposit of one- third of the price of the workshop,
refundable less a $50 processing fee up until March 15th.
See all the details about this exciting workshop at
*** And even if you’re not participa
ting in the course, you
may want to do a pre-conference "SURVIVAL FRENCH" immersion
course by Marie-Elisabeth Crochard April 22 and 23:
*** Or LITERARY TOURS OF PARIS
April 27 and 28 by Elizabeth Reichert.
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*** THE WRITERS INSIDER GUIDE TO PARIS
Elizabeth Reichert’s WRITERS INSIDER GUIDE TO PARIS
includes her recounts of one-on-one interviews with
well-know local authors. This is one of my
favourites…which has been abbreviated and edited for this
HARRIET WELTY ROCHEFORT’S STORY: AUTHOR OF "FRENCH TOAST"
AND "FRENCH FRIED"
Harriet Welty Rochefort first came to France as a student
in 1967. It wasn’t until 30 years after residing in Paris
that Harriet decided to write a book about her experiences.
"I sat down and wrote FRENCH TOAST (Saint-Martin’s Press,
1999)," she explains "because I felt like I had to write
this book. The process was a cathartic one. All the
subjects were dear to me and I felt compelled to address
those cultural issues."
Harriet’s second book, FRENCH FRIED (Saint-Martin’s Press,
2001), a collection of personal essays told through the
context of French cuisine, was written for similar personal
reasons: one, she felt the book "needed to come out," but
two, she also had her editor’s support. Harriet is
currently writing her third book that explores, once again,
the cultural differences between French and American
When asked what advice would she give to writers interested
in writing Paris-related books, Harriet replied, "BE
PERSISTENT AND BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, BECAUSE NO ONE ELSE
WILL…And if you don’t firmly believe in yourself, what
you say will not have value for you, nor for your
You can read more about Harriet and her books at
P.S. Harriet will be speaking at our upcoming Travel
Writers Workshop in April.
P.P.S. I have searched high and low for my signed copy of
"French Fried," and can’t find it — so I know I’ve loaned
it to one of you dear friends. Whoever has it, ‘fess up!
And if you haven’t read it, it’s a must!
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*** SUPERB TWO BEDROOM APARTMENT IN THE
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Sunny and spacious, this two-bedroom apartment on the 5th
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Clichy Sous Bois, a suburb northeast of Paris, with close
proximity to the RER and shopping, is available unfurnished
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For more information, contact Adrian at:
*** PARLER PARIS APARTMENT AGENCY RECOMMENDATIONS
We personally recommend the following agencies for
short-term Paris apartment rentals:
* PARIS MARAIS
Ask for Pascal.
Web site: http://www.parismarais.com/
* RENDEZ-VOUS A PARIS
Ask for Katrine Grillard.
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Web site: http://www.rendez-vousaparis.com
* RENTALS IN PARIS, LLC.
Ask for Glenn Cooper.
Tel/Fax in US: 1 (516) 977-3318
Web site : http://www.rentals-paris.com
* If you should contact these agencies, be sure to let them
know Adrian Leeds and Parler Paris sent you!
*** HOUSE IN BRETAGNE FOR RENT
In the village of Fouesnant in Brittany, this rental house
is available March 30 to April 27, situated in a very quiet
place 50 meters from the village sea-side resort. It has a
swimming pool and a tennis court available within 500
meters, plus the beach, yacht club, and activities such as
sailing, fishing, riding, walking, swimming. 100 square
meters, accommodates 2 to 5 adults and 2 to 3 children in 3
bedrooms. Kitchen is completely equipped. Rental includes
nimum stay 1 week. Weekly rental $400.
For more information, contact Adrian, at
*** PROPERTY SEEKERS AND FINDERS
* If you own an apartment that would suit these readers, or
you have a Paris apartment to rent, contact me, Adrian, at
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*** THE FRENCH ARTIST WORKSHOP
May 7 to 17, 2002
In the magical Tarn Valley of SW France, very near the 12th
century city medieval Cordes sur Ciel, this 10-day art
workshop is taught by well-known French artist, Elizabeth
Beginners to professionals alike receive one-on-one
Cost: $2,195, which includes: lodging, all meals,
transportation, teaching and all materials. Just bring your
For brochure and/or contact information, email me at <
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*** MARRY ME, I SPEAK FRENCH
Special thanks goes to Coprom’s instructor, Bob Carter, for
organizing this past weekend’s play "Marry Me" with Nicolas
Calderbank and Joanna Leira (very entertaining!), drinks at
the Irish Pub "Fubar" and dinner at "Le Port Dauphine."
More than 30 students of Coprom and members of Parler
Parlor were there and a GREAT time was had by all!
It’s easy to join us at Parler Parlor to practice what
you’ve learned in class. Just come five minutes ahead any
Tuesday or Thursday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 11 a.m. at
Coprom Langues, 14 rue Lafayette, 4th Floor, 9th
arrondissement. The first time you come is free and native
Anglophones get a 10% discount.
Stay tuned for information about our upcoming anniversary.
For more Information:
Ask for Adrian and Elisabeth
Parler Parlor French/English Conversation Group
*** THIS WEEK IN PARIS
"Wanna" hear some great jazz to get you on your feet
dancin’? Here it is with our friend Jumpin’Jeff! –
Jumpinjeff’s Hot Barbecue Jazz
Burnin’ at The Frog at Bercy
Saturday, February 2, 2002
10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
25 Cour St. Emilion
Metro Cour St. Emilion
(La nouvelle line 14- Super fast!)
Jeff Hoffman: Guitar and Singing
Robbie Rose: Claviers
Peter Giron: Bass
Marty Vicars: Drums
Andrew Crocker: Trumpet
Brad Wheeler: Sax
For more information: 01-42-45-04-71, 06-81-61-49-76
*** RESTAURANT PICK OF THE WEEK:
3, rue de Turenne, 4th Arrondissement
Phone 01.42.77.06.98, Fax 01.48.87.47.74
Antipasti 10 euro – 14 euro, Pasta 11 euro – 14 euro,
Secondi 13 euro – 22 euro, Formaggi e Dolci 7 euro – 8
If you’re in the mood for pasta, this is another great
Italian restaurant in close proximity to Gli Angeli in the
3rd, very near the beautifully symmetrical Places des
Vosges, and possibly even better, but with a decidedly
different atmosphere. A step up in elegance and a little
more refined, Caruso is what every Italian restaurant
Try the "Rucola e parmigiano," "Penne alla Caruso," the
"Bucatini Amatriciana" or if like to try the more exotic
dishes like me, have the "Spaghetti al nero di calamari" -
rich black- sauce-coated thin noodles with curled cooked
morsels of squid on looped and mounded on large white round
plate. For me, the sight was a work of art and every bit as
delicious as it looked. The Valpolicella Classico is their
least expensive wine, but perfectly acceptable.
Waiters are Italian, and friendly, portions are copious -
all very authentically Italian, including many of its
clients, very authentically Italian, too. Thanks to Walter
Pappas, long-time fans of the guide and
friends, who introduced me to this restaurant right here in
my own neighborhood.
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*** LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
* Greetings, I really enjoy this newsletter. I will be in
Paris over "Presidents’ Day" weekend. Are there any shops
for the home gardener to buy seeds and tools?
On the quai de la Megisserie between Place du Chatelet and
Pont Neuf and also, just next to the Cite Metro station on
the Ile de la Cite, there are gardening and pet shops to
your heart’s content.
* My wife and I would like to buy an apartment in Paris. We
want to rent it out to cover some of the costs of
ownership. I would also consider leasing it out long term.
What are the issues of renting out to a french person? Is
this not recommended?. I really don’t want to be a property
manager. Ideally we want a two-bedroom in 7th, 16th,
northern part of the 15th arrondissements, and rent it out
through an agency that would take care of all the details.
How do I go about doing this? I would appreciate any
Hundreds, possibly thousands of people do this in Paris and
France. It’s a smart way to own property here. Renting it
to a French person is no different from renting it to
anyone of any nationality. Any of the agencies we recommend
for short-term rentals may be able to assist you in
managing the apartment. They will ask for a contract from
you that enables them to sublet the apartment and take a
commission for their services.
* I am a young artist and teacher in the US and my dream
has been to visit and possibly live in Paris. I have made
two unsuccessful attempts to get there (one scheduled on
I am working on a series of oil paintings dealing with the
theme of strength and fragility. My subject is dried leaves
and how they resemble the body – curling in upon itself,
reaching out, etc. The paintings are of observed objects,
yet slightly abstract. They are dried leaves, but they
could be body organs, fleshy, organic, moody objects.
I am looking for someone who is a professional
artist/teacher to guide the development of these works,
challenge my thoughts and ideas, make suggestions and
comments, especially on the paintings’ impact, their color,
composition, mood, and light. I am also looking for new
ways to use the materials – smooth, rough, new media added
to the paint, or incorporating papers, wax, or other
translucent materials to emphasize fragility.
I greatly appreciate your help. You are wonderful to take
the time to aid me in my dreams of studying in Paris/
France. Who knows what will be…so many opportunities lie
ahead even if I do not receive this scholarship.
Bonnie, have a look at these courses advertised online –
perhaps they can help you!:
* I’m forwarding these articles because Pierre Bourdieu is
worth a mention in your column. He was for intellectual
honesty and integrity,something today’s media and academics
forget in their pursuit of wealth.
Thanks, Walter. Bourdieu’s death this past week stirred the
media everywhere, especially here.
An email from a friend I received this week:
"It was an extraordinary experience to sample the leading
Paris dailies today. Liberation had a full front page
picture followed by the next six pages devoted entirely to
Bourdieu. On page two, a piece carried excerpts from
leading French personalities eulogizing the sociologue de
combat: President Chirac, Prime Minister j2999pin, followed
by representatives of the Communist
(sic) Party and what the French call the extreme left, the
LCR, the Ligue Communiste Revolutionaire. Le Monde’s
coverage ran from pages 14 to 20 plus a full editorial.
What’s more, many of the stories stressed Bourdieu’s
commitment to social activism, his championing of the cause
of the trucker’s strike in 1995, his withering critique of
the elitism of the French educational system, his support
of j2999e Bove, and Bourdieu’s towering presence in the
French and European movement against the worldwide assault
on civilization and culture known as globalization. He
"fought unequal globalization but championed a new
internationalism of resistance…" He followed Gramsci in
"Uniting the pessimism of intelligence with the optimism of
action." Bourdieu’s defense of those without papers or
voice was so important. It brought the heavy weight of his
reputation and intellectual precision to the cause of the
disinherited and helps explain some of the continuing
esteem and affection accorded to intellectuals here."
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