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1. Illustrator Interview – Lita Judge

This interview arose from one of those serendipitous moments. I had been liking all Lita’s posts on FB about her new picture book FLIGHT SCHOOL for several weeks and had been thinking that I must see if she would like … Continue reading

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2. Money matters

By Valerie Minogue

Money is a tricky subject for a novel, as Zola in 1890 acknowledged: “It’s difficult to write a novel about money. It’s cold, icy, lacking in interest…” But his Rougon-Macquart novels, the “natural and social history” of a family in the Second Empire, were meant to cover every significant aspect of the age, from railways and coal-mines to the first department stores. Money and the Stock Exchange (the Paris Bourse) had to have a place in that picture, hence Money, the eighteenth of Zola’s twenty-novel cycle.

The subject is indeed challenging, but it makes an action-packed novel, with a huge cast, led by a smaller group of well-defined and contrasting characters, who inhabit a great variety of settings, from the busy, crowded streets of Paris to the inside of the Bourse, to a palatial bank, modest domestic interiors, houses of opulent splendour — and a horrific slum of filthy hovels that makes a telling comment on the social inequalities of the day.

Dominating the scene from the beginning is the central, brooding figure of Saccard. Born Aristide Rougon, Saccard already appears in earlier novels of the Rougon-Macquart, notably in The Kill, which relates how Saccard, profiting from the opportunities provided by Haussman’s reconstruction of Paris, made – and lost – a huge fortune in property deals. Money relates Saccard’s second rise and fall, but Saccard here is a more complex and riveting figure than in The Kill.

Émile Zola painted by Edouard Manet

It is Saccard who drives all the action, carrying us through the widely divergent social strata of a time that Zola termed “an era of folly and shame”, and into all levels of the financial world. We meet gamblers and jobbers, bankers, stockbrokers and their clerks; we get into the floor of the Bourse, where prices are shouted and exchanged at break-neck speed, deals are made and unmade, and investors suddenly enriched or impoverished. This is a world of insider-trading, of manipulation of share-prices and political chicanery, with directors lining their pockets with fat bonuses and walking off wealthy when the bank goes to the wall — scandals, alas, so familiar that it is hard to believe this book was written back in 1890! Saccard, with his enormous talent for inspiring confidence and manipulating people, would feel quite at home among the financial operators of today.

Saccard is surrounded by other vivid characters – the rapacious Busch, the sinister La Méchain, waiting vulture-like for disaster and profit, in what is, for the most part, a morally ugly world. Apart from the Jordan couple, and Hamelin and his sister Madame Caroline, precious few are on the side of the angels. But there are contrasts not only between, but also within, the characters. Nothing and no-one here is purely wicked, nor purely good. The terrible Busch is a devoted and loving carer of his brother Sigismond. Hamelin, whose wide-ranging schemes Saccard embraces and finances, combines brilliance as an engineer with a childlike piety. Madame Caroline, for all her robust good sense, falls in love with Saccard, seduced by his dynamic vitality and energy, and goes on loving him even when in his recklessness he has lost her esteem. Saccard himself, with all his lusts and vanity and greed, works devotedly for a charitable Foundation, delighting in the power to do good.

Money itself has many faces: it’s a living thing, glittering and tinkling with “the music of gold”, it’s a pernicious germ that ruins everything it touches, and it’s a magic wand, an instrument of progress, which, combined with science, will transform the world, opening new highways by rail and sea, and making deserts bloom. Money may be corrupting but is also productive, and Saccard, similarly – “is he a hero? is he a villain?” asks Madame Caroline; he does enormous damage, but also achieves much of real value.

Fundamental questions about money are posed in the encounter between Saccard and the philosopher Sigismond, a disciple of Karl Marx, whose Das Kapital had recently appeared — an encounter in which individualistic capitalism meets Marxist collectivism head to head. Both men are idealists in very different ways, Sigismond wanting to ban money altogether to reach a new world of equality and happiness for all, a world in which all will engage in manual labour (shades of the Cultural Revolution!), and be rewarded not with evil money but work-vouchers. Saccard, seeing money as the instrument of progress, recoils in horror. For him, without money, there is nothing.

If Zola vividly presents the corrupting power of money, he also shows its expansive force as an active agent of both creation and destruction, like an organic part of the stuff of life. And it is “life, just as it is” with so much bad and so much good in it, that the whole novel finally reaffirms.

Valerie Minogue has taught at the universities of Cardiff, Queen Mary University of London, and Swansea. She is co-founder of the journal Romance Studies and has been President of the Émile Zola Society, London, since 2005. She is the translator of the new Oxford World’s Classics edition of Money by Émile Zola.

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3. NEW SEASON - mini labo

Mini Labo have a fabulous new range of products since we last looked in with some being new arrivals for Spring Summer 2014. There are beautiful trays, tableware, cushions, zip up cases, and phone cases. I first became aware of Mini Labo through the Designers Guild shop in London and they have appeared in the Print & Pattern Books. The company was founded in 2004 by  Caroline Diaz, Céline Héno

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4. INDIGO PARIS - opens today

the indigo show in Paris opens today and surface designers from all over the world will be displaying their wares before an eager market. I have received a few flyers for some wonderful designers you will not want to miss should you be lucky enough to attend the show. loo out for Kirsteen Stewart who will be showing all new designs from a collective of Scottish designers in hall H5, stand 5U58.

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5. 22 DESIGNERS - paris show

today in paris sees the opening of the "22 designers" show where as it literally states 22 designers present their latest collections of drawings and patterns, carefully chosen and inspired by current themes. this dynamic group offers a wide range of graphic and illustrative models, covering a variety of areas such as lingerie, fashion or interior design. here are several examples of work from

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6. 22 DESIGNERS - marie wagner

marie wagner is a designer i discovered through the 22 designers show in paris. marie has been a textile designer since 2003 and has worked for clients such as boden, etam, and la redoute. more recently she has been driven to create more personal work and has a collection of products such as prints, cushions, and lampshades featuring her  patterns which feature a retro, naive and graphic spirit

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7. INDIGO PARIS - paper & cloth

it must be a great time to be in paris this week as also running from 12-14 feb is the indigo show where paper & cloth will be amongst the exhibitors. the uk based studio will be showing new designs available for use on spring/summer 2014 products and collections. see them on stand 5v35.

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8. PARIS - beau travail

also happening in paris this month is a new exhibition by design collective 'beau travail' from whose website i found this lovely images. 'el paraiso' can be visited every saturday in april at beau travail at 67 rue de la mare, paris.

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9. The Strange Woman

Usually a novelization of a play retains a fair amount of the original structure. The author of the novel may add in new locations and stuff, but you can still tell that, say, one particular group of chapters used to be the second act and originally took place entirely on someone’s front porch, or that one lengthy bit of narration used to be a monologue, or something. The Strange Woman, adapted by Mary McNeil Fenollosa (writing as Sidney McCall) from a play by William Hurlbut, puzzled me because I couldn’t see the underlying structure of the play, and none of it seemed like it had come from a play — until more than halfway through the book, when John Hemingway returns from Paris with his fiancée. Or his sort of fiancée.

Now that I’ve read a couple of reviews of the play, though, everything makes sense. The last third or so of the book, the section full of unpleasant people and awkward situations that made me wonder why I had liked anyone or been invested in the book up to that point — that was the bulk of the play. The first half or so, in which John Hemingway goes to Paris and is desperately lonely until he meets and begins a relationship with American-born Inez de Pierrefond is apparently original to the book.

John is a nice but occasionally super depressed architect studying at the École des Beaux-Arts. Inez is from Louisiana, and is about as French as one can get while still being an American, and is technically a widow, although she left her horrible and possibly German husband before he died. They meet in a treehouse, which is kind of great. Their relationship is pretty interesting. There’s a lot of very trite bits, but John is pretty convincingly torn between his attraction for Inez and his morals. He’s also pretty convincingly a massive dork. And Inez is pretty awesome, and eventually wins him over to her way of thinking, including the idea that marriage is a prison.

That one, obviously, isn’t going to go over well in John’s hometown of Delphi, OH. And John’s transformation when they get back there makes sense, although it’s kind of disappointing. And I guess that’s how I feel about everything else that happens in Delphi, too. I keep wanting to say that everyone is out of character, but I can’t put my finger on any specific way in which that’s true. And it’s not terrible, but after the Paris section, which I was really enjoying, it’s disappointing.

Now that I know roughly what was in the play, I keep falling into the trap of thinking of the Delphi section as Hurlbut’s work and the Paris section as Fenollosa’s, which isn’t fair because Fenollosa wrote the whole book. Also, not having read the play, I don’t want to make assumptions. I guess I’ll have to try one of Fenollosa’s other books at some point, to see how she does on her own.

Tagged: 1910s, marymcneilfenollosa, paris, williamhurlbut

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10. Molly Brown 2/3

I’ve now read books five and six of the Molly Brown series — Molly Brown’s Post-Graduate Days and Molly Brown’s Orchard Home. And I think I’m taking a break for a bit. I don’t like anyone anymore. Or care about what happens to Molly.

Here’s what happens in the first two post-college Molly Brown books:

A bunch of people fall in love with each other. Everyone is super jealous of everyone else. Molly and Professor Green are much less entertaining than they were before. Molly’s aunt, for whatever reason, is evil. So is the mother of a girl they meet on their way to France in book six. The kind of people who were redeemable in the earlier books aren’t anymore. The humor is meaner. The friendships are less convincing.

I’m sure part of the way I feel about these two books is about my having run out of patience, but not all of it. So, I hope to come back to Molly Brown at some point and finish the series, but for now I am done.

Tagged: 1910s, girls, nellspeed, paris, series, the south

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11. NEW WORK - michéle brummer-everett

Michéle Brummer-Everett is one of the artists who features in the print & pattern kids book so it was a real treat to find an email from michéle in my inbox announcing new work and a brand new website.. Michéle is originally from South Africa but is now based in the USA and her previous clients have included cloud9 fabrics. Check out her sparkling new website online here.

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12. BOUTIQUE - carousel carousel

its always lovely to discover new stylishly curated online shops and I recently stumbled across one called 'carousel carousel'. this small but pretty store stocks this fabulous party tableware from my little day, as well as paper goods, toys, and vintage pieces. From this online store I was led onto a trail of other fabulous french stores and artists which I have posted here today.

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13. Secret Circus

by Johanna Wright  Neal Porter Books / Roaring Brook Press  2009   Only the mice know, and they aren't telling... In Paris there is a circus, a very secret circus, a very tiny circus, that only the mice know about. They ride a hot air balloon to a merry-go-round long after the people have gone to bed and find their way to the circus where they snack on left-behind snacks and enjoy the show.

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14. 8-BIT CHAMPIONS at La Flaq Gallery, Paris!

Hey fellow SFGers!

I am SUPER thrilled to be a part of this fantastic show in Paris! If any of you are in the area (lucky!) be sure to check it out! If not, then at least check out the works online : D

Thursday, September 15 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm

36 rue Quincampoix ( 75004 )
Paris, France

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Brough to you by TheAutumn Society / Geek-Art / La Flaq

Tonight the Autumn Society (www.theautumnsociety.com) conquers its first international art show in Paris, France, in collaboration with Geek-Art (www.geek-art.net) at LA FLAQ (www.flaq.fr).

Curated & produced by Chogrin & Thomas Olivri, we present to you the 8-BIT CHAMPIONS, an art show tribute to 8-bit games.

From Super Mario Bros to Pac-man, 8-BIT CHAMPIONS offers a wide variety of all your old school arcade / home console systems with the elegance and variety of art that the Autumn Society has to offer and is known for. Magnificent french artists like McBess (www.mcbess.com) and others will be joining us as well!

Stay tuned for more coverage on this epic event! Next international stop for the Autumn Society is MEXICO CITY for the Iconoclastic Dead Show (October 1st)!

36 rue Quincampoix ( 75004 )
Paris, France
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16. Juniper

Filed under: flying, journeys, paris, songs, spring

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17. FABRICS - ie boutique

durgué and noriko are children's garment designers "ie" based in paris, where they have a shop in le marais, and they also design all of their own prints for the different collections. noriko is a fashion designer and was working as a print designer for kimonos in japan before coming to paris, and durgué is a french/nepali architect. together they decided to open a shop in 2003, and from this

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18. INDIGO PARIS - my textile design

caroline bourles of french studio "my textile design" will be exhibiting new designs at indigo-premiere vision next week in paris villepinte from 14 to 16 february. some of caroline's previous clients have included boden, descamps, victoria's secret, h&m, galison, and vertbaudet.

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19. Paris Commune formed

This Day in World History

March 26, 1871

Paris Commune formed

In the wake of France’s defeat by Prussia in the Franco-Prussian War, workers and students of Paris joined together to form a revolutionary government called the Paris Commune. Elected on March 26, the Commune was in direct opposition to the conservative national government. Some historians call the period of the Commune’s rule the first working-class revolt. Though historic, the rebellion failed.

The revolt was prompted in part by the peace negotiated by the French government, which allowed the Prussians to occupy the city. Parisians were angered by what they saw as betrayal after they had survived a six-month Prussian siege. Worried that the restive Parisians might cause trouble, the French government sent troops on March 18 to seize the cannon that Paris’s militia — the National Guard — had used during the war. That action sparked the rebellion. The National Guard refused to turn over the weapons and called for elections of a citizen’s government.

The Commune government created on March 26 was a mix of liberals who embraced the principles of the French Revolution, socialists who wanted thoroughgoing social reform, and radical socialists who insisted on armed revolution. The Commune issued a series of laws that once again removed government support from the Roman Catholic church and created a ten-hour workday. Inspired by the Parisians’ example, people in other French cities established communes as well.

The government organized its forces and struck back. First, it repressed communes in Lyon, Marseilles, Toulouse, and other cities. Meanwhile, the Paris Commune had become more divided and incapable of functioning smoothly. Then, on May 21, the national government sent troops into Paris. In fierce fighting that lasted a week, the Commune government and the people’s revolt were destroyed. Perhaps as many as 20,000 Communards were killed, and thousands more were arrested.

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20. Saturday

On this Saturday instead of doing laundry, running errands I wsih to live inside here...

wake up to bedroom walls that look like this...

 shower here... 

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21. Where I Geek Out And Declare My Love For Research (Writerly Wednesday post)

Confession time: I love to do research. I love to surf the web--or even better: check out a big stack of books at the library. There's just nothing better. I'm geeky that way.

For Double Vision, I must've read a dozen books on Leonardo da Vinci. I combed travel guides on Paris, learned about its awesome catacombs. I dove into the fascinating history of codes and ciphers.

So you'd think the book is full of facts and history, right? Not really. I think that out of all that research, maybe one percent makes it into the book.

I could save myself a lot of time by just looking for what I need and getting back to writing. Maybe research is just avoidance, hmmm...

How 'bout you, writer friends? Do you like research, and where do you go to get your data?

I talk some more about research at Sleuths, Spies and Alibis.

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22. 5 things I'm glad I bought, and brought, to Paris

I'm a little nuts: I love packing and planning for trips. Our recent family trip to Paris was no exception. Here are five little investments I'm so glad I bought and brought:

1. My red Merrell Lorelei shoes. Half sneaker, half sports shoe, all cute, these were SO comfortable. The red, surprisingly, went with almost everything. Or at least I thought I did, so that's what matters! There I am, at left, posing as if for a Merrell shoe commercial...!

2. The Rick Steves Paris guidebook. Not only are there great tips about transportation, how to order food in French, and travelling with kids, but there are FANTASTIC walking tours. We used the Historic Paris, Left Bank and Monmartre tours. I felt like I was getting an insider's view of Paris. And I left feeling like I hadn't missed any of the essentials in those areas. You can actually preview some of those tours on his website, and also download free audio tours of Paris and Versailles. I didn't even try those--since we had kids riding along it didn't seem realistic to pop earbuds in for an hour-long tour. But I bet they're as awesome as the book.

3. My PacSafe TourSafe Travel tote. At a steep (at least for me) $100, I was reluctant. But I wanted a biggish zipping tote with theft protection--and one that was at least a little cute. This more than delivered. It has ant-slashing fabric and handles, plus zippers that are tough for someone to open without you noticing (say, on the Metro). The side outside pockets were especially awesome--big enough for a large Vittell bottle or a decent-sized umbrella. Here is a shot of me descending the Sacre Coeur dome steps, carrying that tote... and even managing a smile. The straps were so comfy that I barely noticed I was dragging around my thick guidebook and all that random mommy stuff like...

4. Wet Ones Wipes in 20-sheet travel packs. I thought I was done with these things since my kid is nearly a second grader, but I brought them along and I was so glad I did. Public bathrooms were frequently lacking soap, and we also made a lot of meals out of ice cream and crepes purchased from streetside vendors. I felt like a champion mama everytime I broke one of these babies out for the kids.

5. At the risk of being a PacSafe shill, I also loved my Toursafe Petite handbag, which was basically a reddish mini version of the travel tote. I scored mine on deep discount (about $30) from eBags. It had the same antitheft features as my tote, but this one converts from a shoulder bag to a crossbody. It was also small enough to pass the "small bag" requirement of some places in France, including Versailles. The tote would have been too big. Here, at left, I am at a pond in Versailles, with my purse (and those red shoes!) I have no idea what thing I am contentedly gazing at. That is pretty much the happy look I had on my face the entire time at Versailles, which was one of my very favorite spots we explored!

Coming soon: 5 spots around Paris where your kid WILL be glad they came...


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23. From Rodin to Warhol in Paris

French Sculptor RODIN, variation on the kiss in emerging from marble

My favourite art museum has to be Rodin’s.

The gardens are spectacular and the statues powerful.

 I’d say he was depressed with the human condition – man’s capacity for sin, suffering, thinking … but then there is philosophy with his masterpiece – The Thinker and …..the KISS.

Love, passion, the embrace – ahhhhhh!

From the sublime to the ridiculous – Rodin to The Pompadou Cetre for Contempory Art.

The Centre is a modern masterpiece of tubes and contemporary design. Inside is the obligatory white space and terrible installations. But then there was a Warhol and views to die for of Paris.

Rodin's sculptures of the human condition ParisRodin Museum, ParisAndy Warhol at Pompadou Modern Art MUseum Paris

Paris is definitely a grand city with palaces, bridges, Arc de Triomphe Les Invalides … memorials to Napoleon and heroes of the past.



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24. you can still hear sweet mysteries calling you

You know, I do this every single year; I think 'hmmm, I'm sure it's my blog's birthday soon' and then find out it was last week some time. Yep, six years of blogging. It's been an amazing six years for me. I've got nothing but love my blog but I often wonder whether blogging is still relevant. Do you know what I mean? With the rise and rise of social networking, and so many places to post ones work, I sometimes wonder whether blogging is a thing of the past. Anyway, while people still continue to visit, I'll keep on going.
I also always intend to do some birthday related drawing but that never happens either. Here is a new drawing, though. Like the last post, this one is also from my graphic novel idea. I'm really getting into (obsessing over) this idea, and story, again. It's hard to give time to these projects, with everything else going on, so I long for the day that a publisher agrees that this book needs to go to print and I get to give it the time it really deserves.
If you'd like to read the letter to Edward then click on the drawing.
And, if you'd like to see the rest of the book (so far) click HERE.
Finally, Happy belated sixth Birthday to my blog. I loves ya.

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25. Geronimo Stilton #11: We’ll Always Have Paris by Geronimo Stilton

5 Stars Geronimo Stilton #11: We'll Always Have Paris Lewis Trondheim Nanette McGuinness Papercutz 56 Pages    Ages: 7 and up .......................... .................................... Back Cover:  Geronimo Stilton is the editor of the Rodent’s Gazette, the most famous paper on Mouse Island. In his free time he loves to tell fun, happy stories. In this adventure, Geronimo [...]

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