Paris thrillers for the 21st century

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Say Goodbye to Paris Plages 2014

  It’s the last weekend of Paris Plages, one of the many efforts of the city government to make life a little easier for its citizens (and attract even more tourists) by bringing the beach (the plage) to the city…. Continue Reading →

Dixieland Jazz on Boulevard Saint-Germain

There’s no more lively place on a Saturday afternoon than Boulevard Saint-Germain around the old church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés in the 6th arrondissement. It used to be one of the creative centers of the city but now is noted for the… Continue Reading →

How do you move out of an apartment in Paris?

THE STAIRWELLS and elevators of Paris apartment buildings are notoriously cramped, so the city’s movers have developed their own conveyor system to get furniture out through a window. This one, just off the busy Rue Froidevaux in the Montparnasse district,… Continue Reading →

Jim Goldsborough author interview: “The Paris Herald”

“The best years of our lives” In the 60s, Jim Goldsborough was the star Paris reporter for the Paris Herald-Tribune (later to be the International Herald Tribune and the International New York Times). He recently published The Paris Herald, a roman… Continue Reading →

[Review] The Paris Herald – a novel that’s catnip for journalism or Paris junkies. Highly recommended.

For me, The Paris Herald (*****) was like a thrilling ride in a time machine. It covers in detail the desperate time in the late 60s when the New York Herald Tribune failed, threatening its Paris satellite with extinction or… Continue Reading →

[Review] The Resistance: A morality tale wrapped in a fine thriller

I CAN’T IMMEDIATELY THINK of a better premise for a novel than the one Peter Steiner found: “I invented two young men and put them in dire circumstances.” He made them members of the French Resistance. “Dire” hardly covers it. Think… Continue Reading →

Interview with Peter Steiner, author of THE RESISTANCE

Part-Time Parisian welcomes PETER STEINER to its series of author interviews and reviews. He’s a super-creative man — for one, he’s the force behind the New Yorker cartoon absolutely everybody has heard of, the one captioned, “On the Internet, nobody… Continue Reading →

D-Day: The Atlantic Wall and Pointe du Hoc

I’VE WRITTEN several posts about D-Day and the Atlantic Wall, but want to call your attention to this piece from the New York Review of Books. It’s the best explanation of the Pointe du Hoc debacle (an heroic debacle, but… Continue Reading →

D-Day on the home front

THE NORMANDY INVASION on D-Day brought Americans to the streets in massive numbers. Some went to rallies, some to church, some just went out to be around their fellow citizens. The web site of the Smithsonian Institution has as remarkable series… Continue Reading →

D-Day: the 70th anniversary

Friday is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the massive Allied invasion of France whose success made clear World War II was entering its final phases. The war in Europe had been under way almost five years and would slog on… Continue Reading →

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