In Love with France, At Home In Italy

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In Love with France, At Home In Italy
How did a life-long Francophile end up forsaking la belle France for la dolce vita in middle-of-nowhere Italy?
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  • ALEX ACIMAN ON "LE GRAND MEAULNES," BACK TO SCHOOL, AND THE ROBERT HALL SONG 6 days ago It's that time of year when most of us academics head back to school, only this year, for the first time in many moons, I am not. Instead, I was able to read an insightful NPR piece by Alex Aciman on the 1913 French novel, "Le Grand Meaulnes" (¬†"The Lost Estate") by Henri Alain-Fournier, killed in...
  • ON THE PERILS OF LACKING THE CONFIDENCE TO DRIVE BACKWARDS ON OUR 2-WAY ROAD THAT'S BARELY WIDE ENOUGH FOR ONE CAR 1 week ago Perils? What perils? What could happen to a reluctant designated driver who gets palpitations at the idea of having to back up en route to home after her husband with the pinched nerve got his last pain shot? ¬†Well, she could run into her best friend coming from the opposite direction on a piece...
  • WAR AND PEACE IN MY "VICTORY"? GARDEN 1 week ago Here she is, early in the season, before she became a jungle. Looks pretty peaceful, no?MY ORTO IS LETTING ME KNOW IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS THAT SHE IS NOT PLEASED WITH ME. AND SHE IS QUITE RIGHT. THE POOL MAN LIKES TO SAY THAT A SWIMMING POOL IS LIKE A BABY. SHE REQUIRES CONSTANT SURVEILLANCE. WELL...
  • TRIAL BY TELEPHONE 1 week ago You try to check on the status of the stool you ordered on Amazon--the one that will allow your pinched nerve husband to remain seated in the kitchen and feel better by cooking us some great food.Although my phone-phobic, hearing-challenged self is unhappy speaking on the telephone in any language,...
  • BANG BANG:SEPTEMBER 1, 2014, THE FIRST LEGAL SHOTS OF THE SEASON 2 weeks ago (I've been writing about a different kind of shots in the context of J's medical situation, but when I heard two loud bangs this morning, this next post is what came out.)Yesterday our Italian valley was totally tranquil. Today's gunshots tell a different story:it's the first day the hunters have...

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