Paris versus Hollywood – Star Wars on the Champs Elysees and Palm Wars on the Internet
Courtesy of French Word-A-Day, an invaluable and rather pleasant language tool – J'ai decide d'etre heureux parce que c'est bon pour la sante. - Voltaire (I decided to be happy because it's good for the health.)
Okay, that’s out of the way.
This week’s issue of Just Above Sunset - Volume 3, Number 20, for the week of May 15, 2005 - the parent site to this web log, has more than the usual pages from and about Paris, in addition to its Hollywood and current affairs items. Covering the Cessna scare in Washington, and the president’s simultaneous and blissfully unaware bicycle ride, Jeremy Stahl, a freelance writer in Paris, offers us My Pet Goat Re-dux: The safer we are, the less they know? - and perhaps we will hear more from him. Recommended.
Not appearing on this web log, but of note, check out Scatology: Protests in Germany - even if the language is a bit rough. There Ric Erickson, editor of MetropoleParis, who was a journalist in Germany before he settle in Paris, has some amusing comments. Also exclusive to the weekly are the columns of Bob Patterson. This week he and Ric in Paris go back and forth on a very odd topic in Naked Aggression - and Bob does a number on the Raymond Chandler world of noir as the Book Wrangler and provides this week’s noir quotes.
The Hollywood sections? Those would be the photography pages. Exclusive shots from an auction of custom cars built for the movies and television, including what you might remember from The Beverly Hillbillies, the Flintstones and Grease – and much more – in The George Barris Collection. An amusing statue of John Wayne in John Wayne and Larry Flint, and Harry Shapiro from Chicago, a good friend of Jackson Pollock, channeling Frederic Remington - really. A Double Mini Cooper and Captain Kirk’s motorcycle in Oddities, and four color studies in Architectural Color: West Side Whimsy.
But the real French business? Ric Erickson and I decide to open the Palm Wars. Which city has the most impressive palms – and yes, they do have palms in Paris.
My opening salvo was Palm Wars: Hollywood versus Paris - on how this started. Ric returned fire with Our Man in Paris: A Fool for Palms.
I suggested there was another war going on in Paris, pitting Paris against Hollywood.
STORMTROOPERS INVADE PARIS IN FIRST EUROPEAN STAR WARS MEET
AFP - l'Agence France-Presse - by way of The Tocqueville Connection - Friday, 13 May 2005 18:48:00 GMT
What is this about?
Geez, there is no end to what Hollywood does to Paris.
How bad is this?
Or maybe this is as good as it gets.
Ric?s reaction, on the ground there?
Indeed it will.
But Paris should be Paris. As I have mentioned before, Christmas shopping there five years ago I noted one door from my hotel a store selling California beach wear, and from my window I could see the cinema behind Les Deux Magots was showing Mulholland Drive, and around the corner on rue de Rennes, across the street from the GAP store, was a junk jewelry store named Sunset Boulevard.
Something is wrong here. And they shouldn?t have palm trees.
In the May 8 item on Iran - Nuclear Ambitions, Automotive Ambitions - I reported that Iran is considering a rescue of the failed MG Rover company and might be willing to continue production in Birmingham in the UK ? or move the whole factory to Iran. Then I came across this:
END OF AN ERA AS IRAN BIDS GOOD RIDDANCE TO BRITISH CAR
AFP - l'Agence France-Presse - by way of The Tocqueville Connection - Sunday, 15 May 2005 10:47:00 GMT
This gives a great deal more detail on the Paykan, a descendent of Britain's long-gone Hillman Hunter, that is being phased out. MG Rover is one answer. But note this on what they build there now:
Paris turns Hollywood, and they drive French cars in Tehran. Very odd.
In any event ? here are two Paris palms from Ric you have not yet seen ?
This is all very odd.
By the way, at this week?s Just Above Sunset you will find modified versions of items that first appeared here ?
- Fish Stories: A Conversation on Displaying One?s Faith
- Ambiguity: We don?t recommend him, so let?s vote!
- Fretting: The Price of Failure in Iraq
- Ethics in Three Parts: The State of Things
- Infamy: Was he number three, or are you?
- Our Turn: The Greatest American of All Time