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Month: August 2018

Le Gai Rossignol bookstore in Paris now carries The Chairfather funny photo book

So, I’m wandering in the Marais, and I happen upon the Gai Rossignol bookstore. They have lots of maps and travel guides and photo books outside to entice tourists. Many out-of-town folks happen by, because it’s close to the City Hall and cool sites.

Knowing they’re a sister store to Le Merle Moqueur, I pop in and ask if they’d be interested in carrying The Chairfather which is popular among tourists. The bookstore is very welcoming and they agree.

I’m filling out the paperwork, and noticing they have lots of quirky gifts, gags and impulse buys to bring a smile. I’m about to leave when I notice that my book is right next to another, called “The Big Penis Book.” In fact, that title’s cover art is literally pointing its business at me.

Who knows, maybe it’ll drive traffic. You can check out both here:

Le Gai Rossignol
9 rue Saint Martin
75004 Paris

https://www.lemerlemoqueur.fr/le_gai_rossignol/

 

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Le Merle Moqueur bookstore in Paris now carries The Chairfather funny photo book

I’m really pleased that an independent bookstore very close to the south entrance of the Père Lachaise cemetery is now carrying my book The Chairfather. It’s called “Le Merle Moqueur” or the mockingbird. They’re part of a handful of little jewels of book shops in the capital, dedicated to readers looking for something fun and off the beaten path. My titles are also in another of their stores with a different name, that I’ll introduce you to another day. Meanwhile, if you’re in the neighborhood of the metro Alexandre Dumas, come check out this bookstore.

Le Merle Moqueur

51 rue de Bagnolet, 75020 Paris

https://www.lemerlemoqueur.fr/

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C’était un rendez vous

42 years ago this month, a famous short film was shot at around 5 a.m. in Paris.  Adrenaline rush assured. Here it is in its entirety…

The driver got up to 200 km/h on the way to the Arc de Triomphe.  It was meant to be shorter, but a truck blocked the street he planned to take.  He had just one thought in his head “the film is about to run out.”  It would have been stupid to take all those risks and miss the money shot at the end.

For the anniversary of the film, here are some links you can check out:

Streetview animation from approx. 1500 screenshots

The ‘making of’ and other links from Luminaire, in French.

Website of Claude Lelouch

Here’s the route finished in just 8 minutes:

 

This anecdote features prominently in my travel memoir French License.  Read a sample.  Buy the book.  Keep a copy in your glovebox just in case.

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