In Bed With Invader
One night in Paris with street artist Invader (SLYT)
This month marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of Hope Mirrlees
. She is best remembered for her fantasy novel Lud-in-the-Mist
, but had earlier written a 600 line poem, published by her friend, Virginia Woolf
, called Paris
. [more inside]
is a luscious blog which chronicles Parisian pastry and the great chefs behind it. It is written by Adam Wayda, an American gourmand who spends half of each year in Paris & indulges his time there enjoying pastries
Some mouth-watering posts:
Top 17 Best Pastries [more inside]
Plenty of people collect Disneyana
, the toys, books, animation cels, and theme-park souvenirs. Then there are those fans who collect information and details on the Disney parks themselves, collecting official park maps
or drawing up their own ride blueprints
, assembling the design history behind the attractions
, and even collecting vintage tickets
and ticket books
) is an ever-growing collection of Disneyland history, and has an updated collection of links to similar fan sites and Imagineering blogs
, which is a whole collection of rabbit holes of nostalgia and behind-the-scense information. So grab a riding crop
and pretend like it's the 60s all over again
Janet Flanner began her career at The New Yorker composing evocative and cogent dispatches from Europe, writing nearly seven hundred Letters from Paris under the nom de plume Genêt, from 1925 to 1975. In between these, she contributed Profiles, Reporter at Large dispatches, and other Letters from around the globe. In a Postscript published after she died, in 1978, editor-in-chief William Shawn wrote of his prolific correspondent: "Her eye never became jaded, her ardor for what was new and alive never diminished, and her language remained restless. She was a stylist who devoted her style, bedazzling and heady in itself, to the subtle task of conveying the spirit of a subtle people." [more inside]
This stealthy undertaking was not an act of robbery or espionage but rather a crucial operation in what would become an association called UX, for “Urban eXperiment.” UX is sort of like an artist’s collective, but far from being avant-garde—confronting audiences by pushing the boundaries of the new—its only audience is itself. More surprising still, its work is often radically conservative, intemperate in its devotion to the old. Through meticulous infiltration, UX members have carried out shocking acts of cultural preservation and repair, with an ethos of “restoring those invisible parts of our patrimony that the government has abandoned or doesn’t have the means to maintain.” The group claims to have conducted 15 such covert restorations, often in centuries-old spaces, all over Paris. - Wired.com "The New French Hacker-Artist Underground
"Uh Oh. Construction workers please note: Somebody just built a 20-foot tower using flying robots. No people involved."
Eric Guizo notes: "The ceiling of the room where the assembly is taking place was equipped with a motion-capture system. A computer uses the vision data to keep track of the quadcopters and tell them where to go — the same approach used at ETH's Flying Machine Arena"
La parenthèse urbaine.
A stop-motion journey around an abandoned Paris railway line (SLV)
Taking the Boris Bikes to Paris.
One of London mayor Boris Johnson's initiatives has been the installation of a bike hire service
across the capital controversially sponsored by a well known bank. Stretching the hire terms and conditions to their limit, local bloggers Ian
decide to take them across the channel briefly to meet their continental cousins at the Parisian Vélib
Evan Osnos joins a tour group from China as they traverse Europe. In the front row of the bus, Li stood facing the group with a microphone in hand, a posture he would retain for most of our waking hours in the days ahead. In the life of a Chinese tourist, guides play an especially prominent role—translator, raconteur, and field marshal—and Li projected a calm, seasoned air. He often referred to himself in the third person—Guide Li—and he prided himself on efficiency. “Everyone, our watches should be synchronized,” he said. “It is now 7:16 P.M.” He implored us to be five minutes early for every departure. “We flew all the way here,” he said. “Let’s make the most of it.” [more inside]
After Kad & Olivier sign off and the Satisfaction production logo fades, viewing audiences are oftentimes treated to a cold open of an empty talk show set... one that quickly becomes the impromptu dance floor for a shameless Frenchman making an absolute giddy fool of himself while lip-syncing pop songs alongside a menagerie of... wait, *what*?!
That's right. The Late Late Show
's Craig Ferguson appears to have a not-so-secret French admirer
-- one who's not above ripping off both his opening titles and his signature dance sequences
(including the iconic animal puppets
by The Jackson 5, "Flashdance"
by Irene Cara, "On the Floor"
by Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull, "Waka Waka"
by Shakira, "Men in Black"
by Will Smith, "Let's All Chant"
by the Michael Zager Band, "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"
by Wham!, "It's Raining Men"
by The Weather Girls, and "Vive Le Vent (Jingle Bells)"
by Tino Rossi.
Luckily, Ferguson's sense of showmanship is more prodigious than litigious
-- he responded to Arthur's "homáge
" by booking a pair of translatlantic crossover shows, with Arthur visiting LA that week and Ferguson flying out to Paris just last month. Video of both shows (plus lots more) inside! [more inside]
Artist François Abelanet
has transformed the courtyard in front of Paris' City Hall into "a new masterpiece of Land Art," on display until July 15. Who To Believe?
is a giant, living anamorphosis
-- a three-dimensional optical illusion that requires the viewer to stand at a specific vantage point to truly appreciate the work. [more inside]
Do Artists Have a Moral Responsibility in War?
is a thoughtful, question raising 40 min video and podcast by NYT journalist
Should Artists Speak Out
Against War? Goes at some depth into the nuances of this complex question by describing
the Cultural Life In Nazi-Occupied Paris
was a muse
for her age.
A chance encounter with Oscar Wilde
when only six years old ( she would later have an affair with his niece Dolly
) helped change her outlook on life.
She moved to Paris
and in 1909 started her famed salon at Rue 20 Jacob, with its Temple de l'Amitié
(Fr.) sometimes called the Sapphic centre
of the Western World and which ran for 60 years.
This was where Ezra Pound met
Although polyamorous Natalie had a 50 year relationship with Romaine Brooks
In 1927 she started an Académie des Femmes (Women's Academy) to honor women writers. The cast of females involved in Natalie Barney’s Fridays
is vast and includes: Sylvia Beach, Djuna Barnes, Mina Loy, Colette, Nancy Cunard, Janet Flanner, Radclyff Hall, Hadine Hwang, Zita Jungman, Marie Laurencin, Toupie Lowther, Liane de Pougy, Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Renee Vivien, and Virginia Wolff.
are a couple
of brief interviews with her biographer; and some photos
In 2009 Dayton got around to honoring
her but by July 2010 the marker had been vandalized
4 photogenic youngsters travel to beautiful cities, to Paris
. Short, upbeat commercials by Gustav Johansson
& Albin Holmqvist
for a French language school
A gorgeous series
of still, high-resolution panoramic photographs
of the City of Light
, its landmarks
, including Shakespeare and Company
, by Arnaud Friche
If you wish to travel further afield: stunning, super-wide-format photographs of the Alberta Badlands
, the Great Wall of China
, the floating torii at Miyajima
, Bryce Canyon
, Burning Man
, Burney Falls, BC
and much more
taken by Brad Templeton
, an EFF board member. [more inside]
. National Geographic's Neil Shea goes underground in Paris. Photography
by Stephen Alvarez.
) explored the Paris Metro for quite some time, and came back with great photos and a series of posts
on what's down there. [more inside]
Paris versus New York. A friendly visual match between those two cities, as seen by a Parisian-based-and-lover on New York : details, cliches and contradictions.
For 70 years the Parisian apartment had been left uninhabited, under lock and key, the rent faithfully paid but no hint of what was inside.
A family traveled to France and Germany in 1938 and shot this footage
which features two appearances by Adolf Hitler. It's creepy seeing this Nazi spectacle shot by an amateur. It's a perspective I don't know if I've ever seen. The video opens in France and the Nazi footage starts around 1:45.
The collector writes: "The Basement Collection presents: An 8mm film bought at an estate sale back in the 90's. This reel is part of a series of a family vacation movies to Europe in 1938. On this reel the family visits France and then Germany. The footage of Hitler is from a celebration in the Berlin Stadium on what I think is a May Day celebration (May 2, 1938) then another celebration at Berlin's Lustgarten. (on May 1st). (I think the reel was edited together out of order)."
The Lizard, The Catacombs, and the Clock
Metafilter's own™ Marquis
did some investigating of a Parisian secret society, known variously as UX, Untergunther or la Mexicaine de la Perforation (previously 1
) The resulting article has been picked up by the Literary Journal BRICK
and is available in full on their website. [via mefi projects
Paris Metro's cheaters say solidarity is the ticket.
Scofflaws who jump the turnstiles or enter through the exits of the Paris public transit system have formed mutuelles des fraudeurs
— insurance funds that pay the fine if they get caught.
Paintings by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani and Fernand Léger, worth ~$100 million, stolen! (Washington Post link) [more inside]
“But I decided on the Mona Lisa, which was the smallest painting and the easiest to transport.”
“So there was no chance,” asked the court, “that you decided on it because it was the most valuable painting?” - From Vanity Fair, the twisting, engaging story of how the Mona Lisa was stolen in broad daylight in 1911. (via)
Paris in 26 gigapixels is a stitching of 2346 single photos showing a very high-resolution panoramic view of the French capital (354159x75570 px). Dive into the image and visit Paris like never before! [more inside]
Around the time of the flooding in Troyes a plant in the south-east of Paris which supplied compressed air to the owners of ‘pneumatique’ equipment – lifts, ventilation, industrial machinery – was submerged. Parisians were fond of compressed-air technology. It was how the postal service delivered mail from one office to another in small brass shuttles propelled along a network of tubes. It was also used to keep the clocks ticking on the streets of the city and, by subscription, in private apartments. When the plant went underwater during the night, pneumatic time stopped dead. Pavements Like Jelly
is an article by Jeremy Harding describing the 1910 Great Flood of Paris which started 100 years ago today. Photo exhibition with 1300 photographs
focusing on Paris. Even more photos, taking in the entire Seine
. Both sites are Flash heavy, for a smaller selection of non-Flash pictures go here
. [1910 Paris Flood previously on MetaFilter]
So you want to build
your own Eiffel Tower
. Then you'll need 7,300 tons of iron, 2.5 million rivets, and some blueprints
. (You may also need a copyright lawyer.)
5bis rue du Verneuil
is the home of Serge Gainsbourg in Paris. This short film peels off the layers of graffiti left on the wall there.
Pianist, producer, and songwriter Gonzales
(real name Jason Charles Beck
) is currently attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the longest solo concert
. He's aiming for 27 hours, and at time of writing has around six hours left to go. You can follow the attempt live online
. [more inside]
Paris: Ville Invisible.
"This work seeks to show how real cities resemble the 'invisible cities
' of Italo Calvino. As cluttered, saturated, and asphyxiating as it is, one can breathe more freely in Paris, the invisible city." The renowned French sociologist Bruno Latour
presents a "virtual sociological book" that explores the limits of social theory for the understanding of urban life. The Flash interface is somewhat rickety, but there is a text-only PDF
of the English version. (via)
The Gare de Lyon in Paris has Le Train Bleu.
Grand Central Staion in New York has a superb Oyster Bar
; Washington Union Station has this neo-classical wonder
; while Prague this prime example
of art nouveau; Helsinki, meanwhile, offers something suitably democratic
. With cafes as good as this, railway stations become destinations in themselves.
Sex: wot's the big deal
is a sex exhibition for kids
currently taking place at the Cité des Sciences in Paris. Pre-teens can learn about love, puberty, making love
and making babies
, and they can also experiment
a little bit
. The show is based on Willies: a user's guide
(in French: Le zizi sexuel) by Swiss comics creator Zep, and features the rising star of French playgrounds
(NSFW unless you're a French preteen)
uses GPS to tell you the predicted time of the next bus. Google maps show buses in real time, and you can get updates on your phone/PDA. The coverage is limited to certain agencies within the US, so these other sites might be useful: Hopstop
covers subways and buses in NYC, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, DC, and more. (mobile version
) Google Transit
has many US metro areas in addition to Canada, Europe, and Japan. (previously)
Many more locations inside. [more inside]
I know what you're thinking. What could be better than a below-low-budget sci-fi/horror hypersexualized movie
based off of a musical, with a playwright who also decided to star in both stage and screen adaptations? Well, then, what if we up the ante! It's also a socially-conscious cyberpunk movie musical, written, directed, scored and costumed by people in 2008 who have decided that 1996 is as far as the future goes, thanks... so it's also a goth/raver socially conscious cyberpunk movie musical, complete with blue-streaked hair, muppet-fur and clunky vinyl boots! No? We need to aim higher to do better? Well, here comes the kicker, the one element that will immortalize this film: Starring Paris Hilton. Singing. In S&M gear. And a wig. Doing drugs.
Lo, I bring you REPO! The Genetic Opera! (The film.)
NSFW or self respect.
John thought he would be clever and use Paris in his campaign ad... Paris one-ups him with an even BETTER ad..(slyt) maybe NSFW if females in bathing suits are frowned upon..
An interactive audiovisual tour
[flash, audio] of the student protests in Paris in May 1968. Part of a larger look
at 1968. [Previously]
Photographer Christopher Rauschenberg rephotographed the Paris images Eugène Atget around 100 years later for his book Paris Changing