My heart is too full to speak of these events at present. I can only hope that the appropriate response will be found. People in France and in many cities around the world are marching in solidarity, and this is heartening. But the darkness is very dark.
My daughter rolled her eyes when I got her a new Paperwhite to replace her old Kindle (purchased years ago when first invented), but new research on sleep disruption due to backlit screens (iphones, ipads, computers) makes me an even stronger partisan of the Kindle Paperwhite. It's simply much nicer to read on than the ipad, Kindle Fire, smartphones, PC or Mac screens or any tablet I've tried.
Here are the reasons why I prefer the Kindle Paperwhite to all other reading devices (except an actual book beautifully printed on high quality paper)
Sheila Kohler:I read the case history first as a student of psychology in Paris at the Institut Catholique. We were assigned the "Cinq Psychanalyses" by our professor: and I began reading the first one, the Dora case, on an airplane going home to South Africa in the Christmas holidays. As I turned the pages, fascinated by the story and Freud's brilliant analysis, I began to feel ill. Was I , like Dora, hysterical and getting her illness by osmosis, I wondered. When I arrived in Johannesburg my mother greeted me with the words, "You look feverish," and it turned out I had caught the measles! Still, I never forgot the case history, but came back to it many years later and reread in a different frame of mind. I was appalled by Freud's arrogance, his "rage to cure," the way he thrust his interpretations down the poor young girl's throat! I wanted to give her a voice which she does not have in the case, but as I wrote Freud elbowed his way in and I felt sympathy and admiration for this youngish man, starting out his career and trying to prove his dream theory. He had just published his book on dreams and sold very few copies. I came to see them both as two struggling individuals very much like you and me.
Despite a two-year renovation, the The Musée Rodin has remained open, but how many visitors know the details of the building’s strange, entangled history as a crucible for avant-garde art? Once known as the Hôtel Biron, by 1907 the eighteenth-century mansion had fallen into disrepair. For a brief time, the crumbling mansion became an artists’ haven.
Low rent attracted the likes of Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, Jean Cocteau, Henri Matisse, Henri Rousseau, Eduard Steichen, Eric Satie, Rainier-Maria Rilke, the sculptress Camille Claudel, and the famous dancer of the Ballets Russes, Vaslav Nijinsky.
Laura Marello’s novel, The Tenants of the Hôtel Biron, invites us into this hotbed of artistic experimentation.
William Alexander, a New Yorker, is the author of Flirting with French, in which he chronicles his often-hilarious attempts to learn French at the age of 57. Samantha Vérant, a Chicagoan/Californian, is the author of Seven Letters from Paris: A Memoir, in which she chronicles how she jets off to France to reconnect with a Frenchman she'd met over twenty years ago, ends up marrying him, and moves to France. Recently they had an online chat comparing their experiences learning -- and speaking -- French.