Is Spending Patriotic?

David, a long-time contributor to the blog, recently raised an issue in a private email that I thought warranted discussion. When is it ‘patriotic’ (or at least in the public interest) to intentionally spend money in order to help revive the economy? President Bush encouraged Americans to ‘go out and spend’ in order to get … More Is Spending Patriotic?

A Brief Update from Paris

As the US deals with increasing infection rates, I thought it might be helpful and perhaps a little comforting to offer a little perspective from Paris. To recap quickly, the pandemic spread to France from northern Italy and Switzerland in January and February of this year. On March 17, 2019, the country was locked down, … More A Brief Update from Paris

A Sense of Loss…?

Pundits and journalists around the world continue to wax prophetic about the innumerable ways our world has changed during this pandemic. They point out the obvious and the nuanced, the banal and the thought-provoking. The concrete and the ephemeral. How the world will be after the health crisis–and how and when ‘after’ will occur–are two … More A Sense of Loss…?

For Your Consideration…

I hope everyone is well during this challenging and supremely surreal time. As many of us are house-bound, I thought it might be an idea to offer up some of my favorite films. This list might be helpful as we pass the time reading, exercising, cleaning out closets, and scouring streaming services and cable channels … More For Your Consideration…

Coronavirus and Life in Paris

I’ve hesitated to write about the coronavirus situation in general and here in Paris specifically. It is everywhere in the newspapers, on television, and online, as it should be. We haven’t faced a more serious crisis in a very long time. I just didn’t think I could add anything to the global conversation, and I … More Coronavirus and Life in Paris