Paris

Country: France
Global city cat.: Alpha+
Climate: Cfb

Podcast Episodes (3 / 3)

Paul Taylor from ‘What the F*** France?’ on French bashing
By: The Earful Tower   Released: 25/Mar/2017
Episode URL: theearfultower.com »
Cities: Paris

He’s English, but lives in France, and has been proudly mocking the French for months on French TV and on YouTube.

Understanding the new Paris, with Lindsey Tramuta
By: The Earful Tower   Released: 25/Mar/2017
Episode URL: theearfultower.com »
Cities: Paris

Lindsey Tramuta is the woman behind the Lost in Cheeseland blog and Instagram page – and she has just written a book called “The New Paris.” She joins us in the studio for a hot cappuccino and shares her tips on Instagramming Paris, explains how the city is changing, and reveals more about her new book.

S2E8: Paris Legitimizes with Daniel Levin Becker
By: Notebook on Cities and Culture   Released: 20/Sep/2012
Episode URL: colinmarshall.libsyn.com »

Colin Marshall sits down in San Francisco's Castro with Daniel Levin Becker, member of the experimental literary group Oulipo, reviews editor at the Believer, and author of Many Subtle Channels: In Praise of Potential Literature. They discuss whether Oulipo membership impresses the ladies; his earlier, long pre-Oulipo days, when he would make mixtapes consisting entirely of songs without the letter "e" in the title; his fascination with taking mundane patterns, applying enough work to them, and making something pretty incredible; palindromes, beau présent, homophones, metro poems, mathematical constraints, and Greimas squares; his Fulbright-enabled stay in Paris to organize Oulipo's junk, which led to his writing a book on the group, and then to their offer of membership even before he thought he had accrued the necessary literary steez; whether Paris retains its status as a literary-minded young American's dream, and its status as a "literary mindfuck" nevertheless; what Paris legitimizes, including but not limited to sexy Orangina animals; "gamification," in the artistic, urban, and Silicon Valley senses; the possible use of Oulipian restrictions in Many Subtle Channels itself; what makes Oulipo distinctively French, and what its irony about the canon may have in common with the irony of D.A.R.E. shirts worn in the United States; the Believer as a representative of west coast United States literary culture, and how the scrappiness of Chicago stands in contrast; and when he suspends his Chicagoan-ness, and how much of that involves not eating spicy meats.

Districts

The River Seine divides the city into two roughly equal halves: the Right and the Left Bank. Each is further subdivided into districts (arrondissements), which in turn contain smaller neighborhoods. If you are going to live in Paris for any lenght of time, you will absolutely need to acquaint yourself with the city's layout, starting with the most basic, binary question: which bank is this thing or that located on?

Map of Paris