stories & anecdotes

In Review: Farine & O, One of Paris’ Best New Bakeries

  It’s a well-established fact that the most talented French boulangers (bread bakers) are not generally equally gifted at producing top-notch pastries. Similarly, pâtissiers (pastry makers) tend to fall into a class of their very own, and wouldn’t generally claim to be […]

Seeking Belleville: One of Paris’ Most Interesting Areas

I’m a former resident of Belleville, that fascinating, messy eastern Parisian district that many tourists find unnerving and odd when they stumble on it. The reason behind the frequent cognitive dissonance? Noisy, crowded, chaotic, and not always pristine-looking, this incredibly […]

These 5 Places in Paris Aren’t Usually Associated With African-American History. They Should Be.

“It’s a great city, Paris, a beautiful city––and––it was very good for me.”– James Baldwin, Another Country (1962) One of the most singular and important American authors of the 20th century, James Baldwin spent his formative years as a writer […]