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Tag Archives: France
The following was reported at The Huffington Post this week: Roger Gorley went to Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo., on Tuesday to visit Allen, his partner of five years. But when he got there, a member of Allen’s … Continue reading
It appears that Werner Herzog has produced a once-in-a-lifetime/not-to-be-missed film that, to be fully appreciated, must be experienced in a large movie house. It’s a 3-D documentary titled Cave of Forgotten Dreams. Its subject is Chauvet Cave in France, which Andrew O’Hehir … Continue reading
About 2000 Muslim women in France wear the full body burqa, and the French Parliament is slated to vote on its ban Tuesday. The idea of a burqa ban is popular in France (in polls, about 80% of French citizens tend to … Continue reading
In Case You Missed It: The Washington Post on France’s Opening Up of Its Previously Classified UFO Files
The Washington Post, in 2007, reported on the opening of France’s previously classified UFO files. Here’s the link to the article. The article focused on two key incidents revealed in the documents—one of children witnessing a UFO and one of an Air France encounter. … Continue reading
That’s former NY Times foreign correspondent Chris Hedges’s advice in an essay posted yesterday at TruthDig.com. Chris Hedges thinks that we’re in a quagmire in Afghanistan, and that we are, by meeting violence with violence, creating more problems for ourselves … Continue reading
In Honore de Balzac’s short story, “A Passion in the Desert” (1830), is a vivid—and unsettling—description of an old, one-legged Napoleonic soldier: “He was without a doubt one of those troopers who are surprised at nothing, who find matter for laughter in … Continue reading
Beneath a big and spasmodic sky, and before rolling countryside divided by high fences, Van Gogh foregrounds a chasm with two (or three?) people separated from one other person:
According to the Times of London today, back in August of 2008 French President Sarkozy tried to talk Russian president, Vladimir Putin, down from hanging Georgian president Sakkashvili. How? By appealing to Putin’s sense of shame. Sarkozy asked Putin whether, … Continue reading
Fully digesting the philosophy of Jean Paul Sartre, and soberly pondering Albert Camus’s famous observation that the first question of every life is whether or not to commit suicide—and then losing the opening coin toss to the Tennessee Titans—the Jacksonville … Continue reading
Alphaville is at once innovative and thought provoking. Made in 1965, the film seems to inadvertently capture the French philosophical shift from Existentialism to Postmodernism. At the time of the making of this film, Sartre was “in” and Derrida was … Continue reading