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.
How Do You Stop Racism on Twitter?
January 31, 2013
France wants to prosecute people who write racist tweets. America prefers a different approach: vigilante justice. Neither one will solve the problem.
The MOMA's "Inventing Abstraction" is Exhilirating, Challenging, and Completely Wrong
January 19, 2013
“Inventing Abstraction: 1910-1925”
The War in Mali is a Reminder of France's Grand Malaise
January 15, 2013
The French public has recently been more inclined to a sense of decline, malaise, paralysis and crisis. And it is at least partially justified.