May 1 snow

In fifth and sixth grade, we had a French teacher who was known simply as Mademoiselle. She was from France and every once in a while, told us about the country, a little tidbit or two, nothing major. It would seem, according to Mademoiselle, that the first of May, le premier Mai, was celebrated by Continue reading May 1 snow

Where would I go?

If I were going somewhere very far away, just for the sake of its being very far away, where would I go? Finland? Nepal? France? (Hey, eight hours on a plane can be a sacrifice too.) The Christmas Islands? Then again, I don’t feel like driving to the airport. It’s not too early for the Continue reading Where would I go?

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“After 70 years I thought we could start to recognize the reality of our families and how they behaved during the war,” Mr. Jardin tells me in an interview from Paris. “The core of the problem is that I have not spoken about monsters. My grandfather was not a monster. I have spoken about what ‘very nice people’ did in France when they accepted collaboration with Nazism. I did not realize I would provoke such anger. So long as we were putting authentic monsters on trial—like Maurice Papon for example—no one was worried. But to lift the lid on the question of the responsibility of people who were ‘moral’ during the collaboration has totally panicked French society.”

via Vichy’s ‘Very Nice People’ – WSJ.com.

The birthday of today is…

Happy birthday to one of the only food writers that I’ve truly admired. (The other one is Julia Child, whose birthday it is not.) NEWSgrist – where spin is art: M.F.K. Fisher: Witches Of Yesteryear Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher was born a hundred years ago today.