Author: Marie-Noël de Gary
Release Date: 2008
The Musee Nissim de Camondo, built by Rene Sargent, is one of Paris's finest early 20th-century mansions. Now part of the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, it is the setting for a remarkable collection of 18th-century furniture and objets d'art. This volume contains hundreds of colour photographs of the treasures."
Author: David Downie
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: 2015-04-28
"A top-notch walking tour of Paris. . . . The author's encyclopedic knowledge of the city and its artists grants him a mystical gift of access: doors left ajar and carriage gates left open foster his search for the city's magical story. Anyone who loves Paris will adore this joyful book. Readers visiting the city are advised to take it with them to discover countless new experiences." —Kirkus Reviews (starred)A unique combination of memoir, history, and travelogue, this is author David Downie's irreverent quest to uncover why Paris is the world's most romantic city—and has been for over 150 years. Abounding in secluded, atmospheric parks, artists' studios, cafes, restaurants and streets little changed since the 1800s, Paris exudes romance. The art and architecture, the cityscape, riverbanks, and the unparalleled quality of daily life are part of the equation. But the city's allure derives equally from hidden sources: querulous inhabitants, a bizarre culture of heroic negativity, and a rich historical past supplying enigmas, pleasures and challenges. Rarely do visitors suspect the glamor and chic and the carefree atmosphere of the City of Light grew from and still feed off the dark fountainheads of riot, rebellion, mayhem and melancholy—and the subversive literature, art and music of the Romantic Age. Weaving together his own with the lives and loves of Victor Hugo, Georges Sand, Charles Baudelaire, Balzac, Nadar and other great Romantics Downie delights in the city's secular romantic pilgrimage sites asking , Why Paris, not Venice or Rome—the tap root of "romance"—or Berlin, Vienna and London—where the earliest Romantics built castles-in-the-air and sang odes to nightingales? Read A Passion for Paris: Romanticism and Romance in the City of Light and find out.
Author: Adam Carpenter
Publisher: Literary Partners Group Inc
Could it really be that easy, falling in love?Seat 34D, right across the aisle.Definitely sexy, seemingly rich, classically handsome, and that was just on the surface.Matthew Donovan warned himself not to get ahead of himself, to not be...well, himself. At age thirty-six, he had a tendency to over think, or more appropriately, over-love. Pre-love, if such a notion was possible. It was a quality that had served him well in the non-profit sector, his ability to effuse over topics that others might have thought mundane. His enthusiasm spilled over to others, oftentimes bringing with them checks for large amounts to whatever charity Matt was peddling. After all, either in business or in life, you think with your brain and you love with your heart, and for a pie-in-the-sky dreamer like Matt, he always thought love was right around the corner. Or in this case, right across the aisle.They had already met, at the bar while waiting for their flights to be called. Matt nursing a Grey Goose martini (his favorite), while the man in the finely tailored blazer sipped a refreshing white wine. He was tan, his fingers long and empty-meaning, no wedding band and no pale strip of skin where one should have been. Which could mean he''s either single or one of those perennial cheaters who knows his way around an airport lounge-or maybe, just maybe, he was gay. Easily forty, his dark hair going to gray at the temples, he had crinkles at his eyes that Matt found oddly sexy."Where are you flying to?" the man had asked upon noticing Matt.Matt of course had already scoped him out, sitting just two bar stools away. Terminal 8 at JFK was busy at eight o''clock at night, international flights scheduled throughout the evening hours for arrival in Europe the next morning. Matt''s flight was at ten minutes after ten, and he''d left plenty of time to get through the increasingly difficult security checkpoint. Which now allowed him the chance to relax with a cool drink. The handsome man to his right had settled in moments after he had."Paris," Matt announced.The man nodded. "Coincidence. Me, too. Flight 28?""Yeah, I think that''s it."Setting down his white wine, he extended his hand over the bar. "Name''s Colton.""Matt.""Business or pleasure?"What was Matt supposed to say? Not sure, it''s complicated...see, I''m planning to fall in love, what category does that fall under? Truth be told, with the sky blue hue of this guy''s eyes gazing right at him, Matt kind of thought it was already happening. "See a friend I haven''t seen in a while.""Great time of year to see Paris. You been before?""Long time ago. High school exchange program.""Can''t be that long ago. What are you, twenty-eight, twenty-nine?"Smooth talker, this one. "Thirty-six.""You look great for your age.""Oh, uh, thanks.""Girlfriend?""Uh, no.""Boyfriend?""Uh...""Sorry, too personal?""No, I don''t care. I don''t hide. I''m proud...it''s just, no, no boyfriend at the moment.""Shame," Colton said ambiguously.What was a shame?"What kind of business are you in?""Non-profit. Especially now.""How''s that?""I''m a fund-raiser and a grant-writer by trade, but cutbacks at the agency I worked for left me suddenly trying to raise my own funds. Using my long-held savings for this trip. Once I get back, time to ramp up the job search.""Sorry. Tough world out there right now.""How about you?"Just then the man''s cell phone went off and he held up a hand, indicating he had to take the call. And that was the end of that conversation, the man busied himself with his call for the next fifteen minutes, speaking quietly into the mouthpiece but gesturing strongly with his free hand. Matt had the impression that this man, whatever his business, usually got what he wanted. Ordering another martini, Matt satisfied himself by people watching, the bustling throngs of society passing him by, suitcases trailing after them like needy, unwieldy children. Everyone racing somewhere, few taking the time to actually enjoy the precious few pleasures of travel. Of course, not everyone was fortunate enough to be headed to Paris for a summer-long excursion of love, romance, and self-discovery. Such was Matt''s life at the moment, and he sighed contentedly over the adventure that awaited him a continent away.As he sipped mindlessly on his drink, he felt a gentle pat on his back."So, Matt, see you on board.""Sure, Colton."The man smiled at him, his hand lingering just a bit too long on his back. He rubbed it before removing the warm touch, before he himself took off into the anonymity of the bustling terminal. Matt stared after him, sneaking a peek at a nice, tight ass, wondering if Colton might give him a glance back. But no, a man who exuded such confidence didn''t need a second look. He''d already made his impression, made up him mind. God, Matt wondered, was that a come on, or was the handsome Colton just an overly friendly guy? And what had Matt really learned about the man during their short dialogue? As far as Matt could remember, he''d answered most of Colton''s questions without getting off many of his own.Matt held onto his fantasy throughout the arduous boarding process, waving across the aisle to Colton as they each settled into their seats and feeling ridiculous when he realized what a nerdy move that was. Colton had the aisle on one side, Matt one the other. Empty seats next to them, three additional seats in the middle section taken by parents with their young child. Still, a second coincidence like this-not only on the same flight but also with seats nearby-maybe there was something in the stars directing them toward each other?This is stupid. What, you think once we''re airborne, Colton will excuse himself to go to the loo, giving Matt the fast come-on, join me, let''s spread our wings while we fly. Matt wasn''t accustomed to traveling overseas. Is this how people passed the time, by screwing each other in those tiny bathrooms? Mile high club, indeed, and not something Matt saw himself ever joining. He didn''t have the guts to go through with it. Sex was fine, nothing wrong with that. But even if he was given the opportunity to suck on Colton''s cock, wasn''t that getting off on the wrong...er, appendage? En route to the most romantic city in the world, how did a quick, dirty blow job enhance his trip?Matt stole a look over at a focused Colton, who was busy placing earbuds into his ears, toggling now with his black-tinted iPod. Zoning out for the long flight, something Matt too should be considering. He fumbled in his carry-on for his new Kindle, looking over his book selections and thinking-given that his current state was horny, one of Ryan Field''s cleverly titled erotic novels wasn''t the right choice. He tossed the Kindle into the pocket in front of him, stole one more look at Colton''s enticing profile, and then closed his eyes.To think, a mere eight hours from now, he''d be landing in Paris.The entire trip had come about so quickly, so unexpectedly.His friend Jake Westbury had started all this crazy talk about finding true love, starting with his dreams of spending a summer in Europe. He, their mutual friend Freddie Markson, and Jake were pals for over ten years, and in that time none had really been in what could be called a serious relationship. Matt had come the closest, living with a guy for a year before it blew up in his face. The three friends tended to hang out together, and as such, men tended to stay clear of them at the bars. One of them alone, an easy pick-up. Two of them drinking together, might be a date, boyfriends. The three of them? An intimidating pack, not one to infiltrate. Which would explain why they were all still single. With Jake headed to find true love in London and Freddie impulsively choosing R
Author: Sabine Hake
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Release Date: 1992-09-06
Genre: Performing Arts
A collaborator with Warner Brothers and Paramount in the early days of sound film, the German film director Ernst Lubitsch (1892-1947) is famous for his sense of ironic detachment and for the eroticism he infused into such comedies as So This Is Paris and Trouble in Paradise. In a general introduction to his silent and early sound films (1914-1932) and in close readings of his comedies, Sabine Hake focuses on the visual strategies Lubitsch used to convey irony and analyzes his contribution to the rise of classical narrative cinema. Exploring Lubitsch's depiction of femininity and the influence of his early German films on his entire career, she argues that his comedies represent an important outlet for dealing with sexual and cultural differences. The readings cover The Oyster Princess, The Doll, The Mountain Cat, Passion, Deception, So This Is Paris, Monte Carlo, and Trouble in Paradise, which are interpreted as part of an underlying process of negotiation between different modes of representation, narration, and spectatorship--a process that comprises the conditions of production in two different national cinemas and the ongoing changes in film technology. Drawing attention to Lubitsch's previously neglected German films, this book presents the years until 1922 as the formative period in his career.
Author: Robert N. Johnson
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Release Date: 2015-01-08
This volume presents fourteen original essays which explore the philosophy of Simon Blackburn, one of the UK's most influential contemporary philosophers. Blackburn is best known to the general public for his attempts to make philosophy accessible to those with little or no formal training, but in professional circles his reputation is based on a lifetime pursuit of his distinctive version of a projectivist and anti-realist research program. As he sees things, we must always try first to understand and explain what we are doing when we think and talk as we do. This research program reaches into nearly all of the main areas of philosophy: metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, moral philosophy, and moral psychology. The books and articles he has written provide us with perhaps the most comprehensive statement and defense of projectivism and anti-realism since Hume. The essays collected here document the range and influence of Blackburn's work. They reveal, among other things, the resourcefulness of his distinctive brand of philosophical pragmatism.
Author: Jennifer Montagu
Publisher: Yale University Press
Release Date: 1994
In 1688, Charles Le Brun, a French academician, delivered a lecture on expression that was so popular it was published in sixty-three separate editions and influenced all discussion of the subject throughout Europe for over a century. This book reconstructs and translates the text of the lecture (badly garbled in all previous versions), explores the context in which it was conceived, delivered, received, and finally rejected, and reproduces the images that accompanied the lecture.
Paris Passion enables English teachers and students to come together in a hands-on course book... blending revision, learning and developing English general and business language skills... through practising reading, writing, listening and speaking skills... all along a plot involving the development of a company... like it has never been done before... Paris Passion is based on a story... because nothing gets a language course going with the language and the grammar like a story... that everybody will want to follow... At an intermediate level all the general grammar should be acquired and mastered... so grammar here only appears as a revision for the students accessing the intermediate level...
Excerpt from While Paris Laughed Being Pranks: And Passions of the Poet Tricotrin About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
In France in 1933, two sisters, presumed to be lovers, murdered the women who employed them as maids. Known as “the Papin affair,” the incident inspired not only Jean Genet's 1947 The Maids but also an essay by Jacques Lacan that presents the sisters' crime as fueled by a narcissistic, homosexual drive that culminated in the assault. In this new investigation of the roots of the twentieth-century myth of the lesbian-as-madwoman, Christine Coffman argues that the female psychotic was the privileged object of Lacan’s effort to derive a revolutionary theory of subjectivity from the study of mental illness. Examining Lacan's early writings, French surrealism, Djuna Barnes’ Nightwood, and H.D.’s homoerotic fiction in light of feminist and queer theory, Insane Passions argues that the psychotic woman that fascinates modernist writers returns with a murderous vengeance in a number of late twentieth-century films—including Basic Instinct, Sister My Sister, Single White Female, and Murderous Maids. Marking the limit of social acceptability, the “psychotic lesbian” repeatedly appears as the screen onto which the violence and madness of twentieth-century life are projected.
Author: Agnès Poirier
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Release Date: 2018-02-13
An incandescent group portrait of the midcentury artists and thinkers whose lives, loves, collaborations, and passions were forged against the wartime destruction and postwar rebirth of Paris In this fascinating tour of a celebrated city during one of its most trying, significant, and ultimately triumphant eras, Agnes Poirier unspools the stories of the poets, writers, painters, and philosophers whose lives collided to extraordinary effect between 1940 and 1950. She gives us the human drama behind some of the most celebrated works of the 20th century, from Richard Wright’s Native Son, Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex, and James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room to Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot and Saul Bellow's Augie March, along with the origin stories of now legendary movements, from Existentialism to the Theatre of the Absurd, New Journalism, bebop, and French feminism. We follow Arthur Koestler and Norman Mailer as young men, peek inside Picasso’s studio, and trail the twists of Camus's Sartre's, and Beauvoir’s epic love stories. We witness the births and deaths of newspapers and literary journals and peer through keyholes to see the first kisses and last nights of many ill-advised bedfellows. At every turn, Poirier deftly hones in on the most compelling and colorful history, without undermining the crucial significance of the era. She brings to life the flawed, visionary Parisians who fell in love and out of it, who infuriated and inspired one another, all while reconfiguring the world's political, intellectual, and creative landscapes. With its balance of clear-eyed historical narrative and irresistible anecdotal charm, Left Bank transports readers to a Paris teeming with passion, drama, and life.