France is typically regarded as a liberal society, or at least as a state with centrist politics diverging slightly left and right. So it came as a shock to many when the extreme right party, the Front National, made impressive gains on the political field in the first round of municipal elections in March. In […]

Modern Painters Happy Birthday Perrotin 1

In the March 2014 issue of Blouin ArtInfo‘s Modern Painters magazine: my review of the 25-year retrospective “Happy Birthday, Perrotin” at Lille 3000 Tripostal.  

At 14:14 (2:14 p.m.) on February 14, 2014 in front of Paris’s Louvre Museum, the crowd started to kiss. Couples embraced. So did friends and strangers, pairing off like the instructions asked of them. This Valentine’s Day in Paris, the city was scene to a romantic “flash mob” that came together for a synchronized smooch. […]

The world’s rich and powerful gathered in Davos, Switzerland, this week for the annual World Economic Forum. The invitation-only summit hosts top business and economic leaders from around the globe to discuss the big issues facing the international community.   WEF is seen by many as a hyper elite “good ol’ boys club.” Noticeably missing […]


Dallas certainly knows how to entertain. Big D citizens are quite cosmopolitan and take a lot international cues from their jet-setting ways. The November issue of FD Luxe features some tips for adding a touch of international flavor to fêtes of the holiday season. I contributed some pointers on how to finish a meal Italian-style. […]

The Termas Geometricas in southern Chile. photo by Jake Cigainero

Earlier this year (way earlier in February), Dallas Voice published part one of a travel story I wrote from adventures in Chile. Part two about the lower half of our svelte South American friend has been published and features an unbelievable hotel, climbing an active volcano, and soaking in the most serene hot springs nestled […]


Singer/songwriter Neko Case is a prolific tweeter. However, The sassy chanteuse is clearly not concerned with the tweet-ability of her new long-windedly titled album. Then again, the indie alt-rock punk this-that-and-the-other genre artist has enjoyed cult success over the years while flying under the mainstream radar. Neko Case is a storyteller. Her album Fox Confessor […]

Audrey Hepburn as Ariane in Love in the Afternoon. photo: fanpop

One of the things I love about Paris is the old cinemas that show classic films. I recently spent a late summer Sunday evening watching Love in the Afternoon (1957) starring Audrey Hepburn and Gary Cooper. It might just be a perfect film. Our petite Audrey plays young French cellist Ariane, the daughter of a […]

Mine Kafon by young Afghan Designer Massoud Hassani. photo courtesy of Massoud Hassani

I recently worked on an ambitious project with a social media-fueled news outlet called SparkNews. We produced a special publication about innovators making an impact on the world’s various social problems with their ideas and solutions. On June 20, we published in 20 newspapers in 20 countries around the world, including France, India, South Africa, […]

Paris Plages: Sand volleyball in front of Hotel de Ville. photo by Jake Cigainero

Where can you sit on the beach and still have a view of the Eiffel Tower? That was the question posed by PRI’s The World for their Geo Quiz last week. No other city than landlocked Paris. You can also play sand volleyball right in front of Hôtel de Ville. Take a listen to my radio story […]


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