Tour de France: Up the Mountain That Once Killed a Man
July 15, 2013
Nowhere else in France, or on the parcours of the Tour de France, quite matches Mont Ventoux.
Biking as Bloodsport
July 12, 2013
A brief history of violence at cycling's greatest race.
English Swearing at Its Flippin' Finest
July 06, 2013
The blunt profanities of Mark Cavendish
Why Can't Frenchmen Win the Tour de France?
June 28, 2013
When a French rider last won the bike race named after his country, François Mitterand was in the Elysée Palace, Ronald Reagan had recently been inaugurated for his second term, Saddam Hussein was waging a terrible war on Iran with American support,
China's France Fetish
April 05, 2013
China's new rich want wine, cheese, and savoir vivre. Thousands of underemployed Frenchmen are moving east to deliver it.
When the Surrealists Met the Nazis
March 13, 2013
An exibition ponders modern art, Vichy France, and the responsibilities of the artist.
Winning the War, Losing the Peace in Mali
February 28, 2013
The fighting may soon be over in Mali. But ethnic tensions continue to fester.
Inside the Ring
February 25, 2013
The difference between the stage and the big top.
How Baudelaire Revolutionized Modern Literature
February 21, 2013
Baudelaire thought that everything natural was corrupt. This perverse, humiliating belief changed the face of literature.
Mali Burns, Malians Shrug
January 31, 2013
The fighting hits Timbuktu, but soccer's still on television.