Posts Tagged ‘France’

Inspiration for Buddhaland, Brooklyn

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Best movie I’ve seen so far this year: Of Gods And Men.

French film, about Catholic monks trying to survive in the Atlas mountains, during the Islamist uprising against the corrupt and statist Algerian government of the 1990s. Won Cannes last year. I defy you not to weep during the wordless, many-minute long last supper. A resounding vote for first-rate celluloid storytelling and religious folk at their very best.

Deeply, deeply moving. Here’s a taste.

Radio France weighs in

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Radio France

From my editor at Calmann-Lévy in France – “Brigitte Kernel aime Le Voyage de Cent pas !”

Translation: Brigitte Kernel, a personality on the influential Radio France, loves The Hundred-foot Journey. Check out the Radio France site.

Vive la France

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Review in Livres Hebdo, January 28th, 2011

When my wife and I were young, we lived for a blissful year in a picture-perfect atelier in the 5th arrondissement in Paris. As we went about our business, we were always struck by how courteous and generous the shopkeepers were to us, perhaps because, as badly as we mangled their beautiful language, they could see how hard we were trying.

One again I encounter the generosity of the French – in this pre-pub review of Le Voyage de Cent pas in Livres Hebdo, the French equivalent of PublishersWeekly.

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