Le Grand Aïoli at Alexandraplatz   > read more...


Tuesday 26 June 2012

The meal consists of Le Grand Aïoli, breads and cheeses from Kamouraska, and a perfect strawberry tart. The wine is pale, nuanced, and perfect. The company is lively. Fun!

-- with July postscript from the New York Times.

Carlos Fuentes: In The Best Company, by Ingrid Bejerman   > read more...


Friday 22 June 2012

Ingrid Bejerman, former director of the renowned Julio Cortázar Latin American Chair, writes about her relationship with the recently deceased Mexican writer and some of the stories his friends remember him by.

Photo: Dulce Ma. Zuniga  

Mind the Gap, part II, by Kenneth Radu   > read more...


Wednesday 6 June 2012

Not long ago I saw the extraordinary Marlene Dietrich in Shanghai Express, a Josef von Sternberg movie with wonderful black and white cinematography, much of which occurs on a train. In the film Dietrich utters the magnificent line, “it took more than one man to change my name to Shanghai Lily.” Presumably not all on the train, but one is allowed to imagine so.

Marylebone Station, London

Mind the Gap, part I, by Kenneth Radu   > read more...


Wednesday 6 June 2012

The old trains and their stations are marvels of intent and mystery. No wonder so many films make use of them.

King's Cross-St. Pancras, London

 

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