We’ll always have Paris



Normally we delete spam, but when a NY Escort Service sends you spam  well . . . .


I think that everything posted made a ton of sense. But, what about this? what if you typed a catchier post title? I am not suggesting your content isn’t solid, but what if you added something that makes people desire more?

I mean “And The New York Times fires back with a Greatest Non-Fic List of its own, which is quite revealing | Far & Beyond: A Saga of Publishing” is kinda vanilla.

You might peek at Yahoo’s front page and see how they create post headlines to grab people to click. You might add a related video or a related pic or two to grab readers excited about what you’ve written. In my opinion, it might make your posts a little livelier.



Truthfully, we have rarely encountered such cultured (even literate) spam. But we’ll have to leave it to the ladies of Westchester (we’ve seen the website) to  “grab” and “excite” people.


Making lives “livelier”  and less “vanilla”  through spam and personal services is probably far more financially rewarding than publishing. However, to us, there’s nothing more fascinating, desirable, or alluring than the rich dark print of a word laid bare upon a soft sheet of creamy paper.



Now admit it, aren’t you imagining yourself on a late summer afternoon, arm in arm with your love, having a cooling vanilla cone, as you stroll down the boulevard toward the glinting Eiffel Tower?






Published in: on August 5, 2013 at 6:19 PM  Leave a Comment  
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Please, America, Don’t Be “That Guy.”

Tour de France concludes in Paris

Okay, normally we’d just “let it go” at end of a Tour de France, but hey, 2012 London, next stop.  So now is the time — America!!! — to improve our nation’s image in the eyes of the world.

We are going to just tell the truth in love, okay?

The Tour De France is the most popular sporting competition televised. It’s watch by more people in the world than any other sport, every year. Only World Cup soccer and the Olympics get somewhat close viewership stats and they only happen every 4 years! So Tour de France? Important!!

When a rider wins a title at the Tour,  be it King of the Mountains, Best Sprinter, Best Young Rider, or Tour Winner, it’s important. So important that typically some high-up personage, such as an ambassador from the winning rider’s country, shows up to give that rider his award.

The above picture is rider Tejay van Garderen being given Best Young Rider  (aka white jersey) of the tour. And our nation’s representative who is bottom left on the podium and has just given Tejay his crowning achievement? Yeah, that guy in the trainers, baggy shorts and awful t-shirt.

It’s absolutely an insult to the Tour, to Tejay, to the sport of cycling, to France, that this representative of America showed up on the podium as if he was going to a backyard birthday party for his 3 year old.

Every other person on that platform showed up in a manner as befitted the occasion (if not the climate) and that showed respect for the rider. Full make up, jewelry, high heels even! Every other presenter representing a winner’s nation (Wiggins) Britain, (Sagan) Slovakia, (Voeckler) France, wore a suit and tie. America’s representative? OMG?!

Please, please,  at the Olympics, for the sake of any American athletes that do perchance win, if you are asked to hand out a medal or pose on a podium don’t insult your athletes victory, or the Games, or the host country, or  (further) decrease the world’s opinion of Americans by dressing like “that guy.”

(And “That Guy” is probably an incredibly sweet guy who meant well, but  when the rider who just pedaled 120k in 90 degree heat looks better pulled together? Come on.)

Published in: on July 23, 2012 at 6:21 PM  Comments (3)  
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And speaking of things orange . . . Hail and farewell, George Whitman

Give what you can, take what you need. 

This was the creed of George Whitman, just a guy from East Orange, NJ. If you never had the chance to meet George, who died last week at the age of 98, . . . check on some of the links. George was pretty much put the independent in indepedent booksellers. He will be missed.

You can read a good bit of his life story on the Shakespeare and Company website.

This commentary piece on George is from our local paper, and by local lad, John Yewell.

Jeanette Winterson of the Guardian also has a nice rememberance.

Published in: on December 20, 2011 at 2:02 AM  Leave a Comment  
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Ok, Love this Poster for the Paris Cookbook Fair 2012 – yea, that’s right Paris, they like to cook so much they have a book fair just for that.

British Foodscapes Photographer Carl Warner Creates Paris Cookbook Fair 2012 Poster

Published in: on October 12, 2011 at 2:02 AM  Leave a Comment  
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The Greater Journey: Americans In Paris . . . David McCullough’s latest volume and sure to be a prize winner

With the deadline for the Pulitzer coming up on the 15th we thought now would be a good time to mention two-time Pulitzer winner David McCullough. Yes, he’s written another masterpiece that will surely get a nod if not a prize:  The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

The Greater Journey is the story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the 70 years between 1830 and 1900. It’s one of those times in America when the ambitious felt that to excel in their work they needed to draw on the resources and history of Europe.

David McCullough touches upon such figures as Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor in America, who was one of this intrepid band. Also Charles Sumner, who enrolled at the Sorbonne and there came to understand that Black students (who in France were considered equal to Whites) had the same ambitions he had. That experience would cause him to become the most powerful, unyielding voice for abolition in the U.S. Senate, almost at the cost of his life.

But one does have to question how alien Paris was to pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk from New Orleans, a French city and the son of Londoner and a Caribbean Creole! Sometimes it seems McCullough turns a blind eye to the fact that people who went to Paris were people that grew up in an America that was very mixed, and where most “Americans” had at least one foreign-born non-English first language parent who was to all intents and purposes raised as if he/she still lived in Prague or Ireland or Paris.

At any rate, it’s David McCullough and it’s always worth the read.

Published in: on June 13, 2011 at 8:08 AM  Leave a Comment  
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