Oscar Wilde mural in Portland, Oregon

Happy Birthday, Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde would have been 159 today. Some are taken from us much too soon. The photo above was snapped in Portland, Oregon, in August. And below, enjoy a slide show featuring photos of Wilde’s tomb at the Père Lachaise cemetery from a visit in March 2011 before it was cleaned …

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Orozco’s Citroen and a Creative Commons Update

I’ve never been much of a car guy. I have one but the last time I put gas in the tank was in April. Of 2011. I didn’t have my first set of wheels until I was 23, an enormous town car that I drove into the ground on the dirt back roads of southeast Ohio. I later drove a Yugo around those same Appalachian foothills for five years. That remains the only new car I ever bought. And this remains the only car I even remotely covet.

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No Right Turn

I spotted quite a few cool decal/sticker-like things on signs in Paris last month. This modified No Right Turn is my modest prediction for today’s run-off election between Sarkozy and Hollande.

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Attention Travel Guidebook Consumers: How Important are Upscale Dog Boutique Recommendations to you?

Like this one for Un Chien Dans le Marais, a shop in Paris that apparently does such a good job meeting spoiled dogs’ most demanding needs that it merits Lonely Planet‘s seal of approval? I have no idea what the context here is but I was reminded of these pics …

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(Mostly) Latin Quarter Bookstore Stroll

During a stroll past bookshops and between wine bars stops in the Latin Quarter a few years ago, a colleague, a crusty reporter for a daily paper, told me that independent bookstores in that area of the French capital were subsidized by the local and national governments. I wondered how …

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I saw Tina Louise in Paris Today

And she looked as ravishing as I remembered her on Gilligan’s Island. But what exactly is she doing with that blue thing?

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3quarksdaily: The Accidental Parisian: A Conversation with David Downie

Great wide-ranging interview with the author of Paris, Paris: A Journey Into the City of Light. What most sparked my interest was his profound desire to walk, wherever he may be. That’s always been my preference when traveling, in places new, or those seemingly familiar. Your feet seem to merge …

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Wilde Tomb

I was in Paris for five days last week – mostly work, little play – but did make the time to finally visit Père Lachaise, the cemetery where Frederic Chopin, Gertrude Stein, Jim Morrison, among other luminaries, are buried. The most interesting tomb is that of Oscar Wilde, whose fans …

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Dig it! Paris Considering ban on SUVs

  An idea that needs to spread throughout Europe. Although given Slovenia’s collective car fetish, I can’t imagine anyone in Ljubljana with the cojones to propose it. Via Inhabitat and Autoblog Green: Denis Baupin, an environmental official in the mayor’s office, told RTL Radio that if you’re a Parisian with …

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Magnum Gallery Opens in Saint Germain des Prés

Via Artdaily: On Friday, Magnum, the legendary photo collective founded by Henri Cartier Bresson, Robert Capa and others, will opened a gallery in the heart of Saint Germain des Prés, in the former exhibition spaces of Robert Delpire, one of France’s most distinguished publishers and photography connoisseurs. The opening exhibition, …

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