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Fashion: Cannes gowns 2013

My favorites from Cannes this year.

Nicole Kidman in Valentino

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Film: Movie Stars and What the Face of Cinema Looks Like

  1. Festival de Cannes : anatomie des héros de cinéma
  2. France vs. US – What Do Movie Stars Looks Like?

Article number 1 is the original article, in French, with the infographic shown below. It was published in honor of Cannes.
Article number 2 is how I found the original article. It includes a brief summary translation and then in the comments there are some good translations of the infographic.
Nothing surprising about the data. My summary below the infographic.

My summary (mostly by translating the comment bubbles):

  1. In the US there are almost twice as many leading actors as there are leading actresses
  2. In France the leading actress is 10 years junior to the leading actor and in the US the leading actress is 15 years junior
  3. The career of actresses in the US drops off drastically at age 40, contrarily this is the ideal age for an actor.
  4. Looks graphic The Actress: France is marginally worse at diversity on screen for actresses. Both are crap at overall diversity.
  5. Looks graphic The Actor: France is marginally better at diversity on screen for actors, especially those from Northern Africa (Maghreb = Northwest Africa, west of Egypt). Both are crap at overall diversity.

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Politics: France Legalizes Gay Marriage

Jezebel: France Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage, Bien Sûr

After months of intense debate, civil unrest and increasing incidences of anti-gay violence, French parliament has finally approved legislation to legalize same-sex marriage and the adoption of children by same-sex parents. It is the 14th country in the world and the ninth country in Europe to do so.

LA Times: France approves same-sex marriage

Vive la France!


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Travel: Paris in the Snow

Place de la Concorde, à Paris, le 20 janvier

Place de la Concorde, à Paris, le 20 janvier

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Travel: Shakespeare and Co

Shakespeare and Company is an amazing bookstore in Paris.

I found the above video, via Bookshelf Porn, here.

While in Paris I bought a couple beautiful editions of books there.
I just love being in that bookstore, it feels like home.

Antiquarian books at Shakespeare & Co., a Paris literary institution.

Antiquarian books at Shakespeare & Co., a Paris literary institution.

Everything here encourages creativity. A tiny enclosed bureau, lined with rugs and a blue painted chair, bears the sign: “Feel free to use the typewriter for your lovely writing/creative ventures.” Notes from customers are scrawled in all languages. “A friend told me if I ever felt lonely to come to Shakespeare & Company,” one says. Visitors are so effusive that a few years ago George installed what he calls a “mirror of love”, where hundreds more scribblings are pinned, from the surreal to the touching: “Dear Granny, I would like you to come to Paris with me”, reads one. “Books insulate this nest of wandering dreams”, reads another, “there should always be a place where stories reign over commercial enterprise.”

Shakespeare and Company, a Creative Sanctuary

Shakespeare & Co.

Walking into Shakespeare & Co.

Opened in 1951 by George Whitman, it was originally named “Le Mistral” but renamed to “Shakespeare and Company” in 1964 in tribute to Sylvia Beach’s bookstore [the original Shakespeare and Co.].[3] Today, it serves both as a regular bookstore and as a reading library, specializing in English-language literature. The shop was featured in the Richard Linklater filmBefore Sunset and in the Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris.[4]

Its premises, the site of a 16th-century monastery,[10] are at 37 rue de la Bûcherie, near Place Saint-Michel, just steps from the SeineNotre Dame and the Île de la Cité.[10]

On the third floor of the bookstore Shakespeare & Co. in Paris

On the third floor of the bookstore Shakespeare & Co. in Paris

If you’re ever in Paris and get the chance, swing by this Parisian institution. Shakespeare and Co. is home to beautiful books that cover it from floor to ceiling. A true gift to the ex-pat community in Paris.

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