My latest appearance on MSNBC with Alex Witt, talking about the Iran deal. (Note, their mistake, I with The Daily Beast but no longer with Newsweek)
Yes, yes, the Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé. Au Sauvignon, one of our favorite cafés, seems to have gone a little overboard. (Image by CDSM)
For an interesting reaction to this year’s gamay tsunami: http://tmblr.co/ZIs7Oy-BIdX8
"The beginning of your true encounter with poetry should be simple. It should bypass all classrooms, all textbooks, courses, examinations and libraries and go straight to the things that make your own existence exist: to your body and nerves and blood and muscles. Find you own way — a secret way that just maybe you don’t know yet — to open yourself as wide as you can and as deep as you can to the moment, the now of your own existence and the endless mystery of it, and perhaps at the same time to one other thing that is not you, but is out there: a handful of gravel is a good place to start. So is an ice cube — what more mysterious and beautiful interior of something has there ever been?”
You might want to read my piece on the Mad Shooter of Paris and the ‘Natural Born Killers’ of 1994 on The Daily Beast. The AFP photos above, from a montage in Ouest-France, show Florence Rey right after her arrest 19 years ago when she was 19; a mug shot of Abdelhakim Dekhar, her accomplice and allegedly the gunman who terrified Paris over the last week; and Audry Maupin, Rey’s anarchist lover, who was killed in October ‘94 in a shootout with police. Or so they said.
Florence Rey has become something of a legend over the last two decades. I especially like the take on her by Alison Mosshart of The Kills, who originally dedicated the song “Fuck the People” to her, and who told Electronic Beats last year, Rey and her boyfriend “lived in Paris and were just tired of being dumbed down, so they stole a car, ended up in a chase and then shot loads of people. It was all ‘Viva anarchy!’ and whatnot.” In recent concerts The Kills dedicate “Fuck the People” to Pussy Riot. … Such are the wages of rock and anarchy.
Eiffel Tower spotlight, golden Arc de Triomphe (not to be confused with the Golden Arches) at the Etoile tonight in Paris, France