A Look at BLM in France

Around the corner from my front door in the center of Paris is an ersatz memorial. The mural appeared just a couple of weeks ago and is a visual reminder of the millions of Black Congolese killed by the French ...

A Tale of Two Responses

It was the worst of times, and it was the very worst of times. The COVID-19 pandemic, when it first appeared on the global stage at the beginning of 2020 following its initial outbreak in China during the previ...

Peak RuPaul

Economists have a term for when one arrives at the point of maximum production for a commodity. For instance, it has been said that as a planet we have already reached “peak oil,” meaning while continuing to dr...

Beulah’s Day

“Lee-beeze … ? Non, monsieur, nous l’avons pas,” is the standard response here in Paris as I go from one specialty store to another, asking if they had “Libby’s pumpkin mix” in a can. This year marks our fir...

Jean-Philippe in Atlanta

Like many of you, I just watched the Netflix series “Emily in Paris.” Created by Darren Star of “Sex and the City” fame, the show has been met with the kind of cool disdain and online eye-rolling here in Paris ...

Election Night Tension

There are certain events that become a sort of ritual for folks. When I was a kid growing up in South Carolina, each New Year’s Eve when the grownups would carry on with their drunken festivities downstairs, I ...

A Trés Trump Election

Clément works as a bartender at a local Paris café. He’s well read and finishing up his college degree in archaeology. Dashingly handsome, with a shiny vintage motorcycle, he fancies himself as a bit of a bad b...