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Paris to the moon

Author: Adam Gopnik

Language: English

Summary: Paris. The name alone conjures images of chestnut-lined boulevards, sidewalk cafés, breathtaking façades around every corner–in short, an exquisite romanticism that has captured the American imagination for as long as there have been Americans.   360 more words


Book Club: Paris to the Moon, by Adam Gopnik

My favorite book written about Paris from the expat perspective is the series of essays written for The New Yorker by Adam Gopnik that was later compiled into a book called  303 more words


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I plugged in my Stylewriter Mac printer the third day here to print something out, and as it began to print, it also immediately began to smoke.

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