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No Safe Words: A Chat With France's Most Notorious Dominatrix

France’s most notorious dominatrix rarely comes to the U.S. She doesn’t speak much English, and she’s 85. However, Catherine Robbe-Grillet—who is also the widow of one of 20th century France’s most famous novelists, Alain Robbe-Grillet—did make one of her rare American appearances in New York this week. 435 more words

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During the week, 5 AM is my rise and shine time.  Wednesday, September 17th was no exception.  Before brushing my teeth, I turned on WNYC.  Manoush Zomorodi, the host of… 324 more words


Slideshow: How to Celebrate Bastille Day in New York

Just in case you didn’t get a chance to celebrate independence in your red, white, and blue, France is giving you another opportunity to let freedom ring. 767 more words


5 Things I Learned From Garance Doré

During the NYFW Fall 2011 season I braved the cold with a photographer at my side as we made our way from a remotely located runway show near the NYC waterfront. 780 more words


To Do Tuesday: See Lola Montés

Come see an opulent restoration of one of the most beautiful films ever made, Lola Montès, by the director Max Ophüls, at the Alliance Française. Released in 1955, Lola Montès was Mr. 46 more words

The Eight-Day Week

Prêt à parler! Back to school en français

Is it the bilingual advantage hoopla, or simply the seductive sound of French vowels and intonation? Or a fervent desire, when visiting Paris or Bordeaux… 571 more words



Some interesting lights I saw on the ceiling of one of the floors at the French Institute Alliance Francaise in New York.