Autumn

November 4, 2014

Our last day in France, so perhaps it’s appropriate we visit a cemetery.  (Or maybe we’re celebrating Day of the Dead a little late this year.) This is the rather odd cenotaph of Charles Baudelaire, whose actual grave is elsewhere in the Montparnasse cemetery.  He’s got two effigies: squatting all scowly up top, and wrapped […]

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In Flight

November 3, 2014

The heron takes flight, at Les Machines de l’île.

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In Nantes

October 31, 2014

I am in lovely Nantes, the hometown of Jules Verne, for Utopiales, France’s largest SF convention. I’m heavily programmed, but then I got a free trip to France so I can hardly complain.  In any case, I’ll either be working or having fun, and unlikely to be composing any thoughtful essays in this space. Have […]

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City of Corsairs

October 28, 2014

We are in Saint-Malo, a Breton walled city completely rebuilt after being destroyed by George Patton in 1944.  (They named a street after him anyway.) Saint-Malo was famous for Duguay-Trouin and other privateers who made fortunes by plundering the British merchant marine, and also as the home of Jacques Cartier, who left here to “discover” […]

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So Here It Is

October 26, 2014

  You really can’t take a bad picture of it.  No bad angles at all.

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Load Up For All Saints’ Day

October 26, 2014

Part Four of the Hardwired serial released on November 1, which happens to be All Saints’ Day, but you can pre-order it via iBooks, Amazon, Kobo, and Smashwords!  It will be available via Barnes & Noble as well, but they won’t give me a link to it until the day of release, because . . . […]

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Calling the Fire Brigade

October 24, 2014

I see that Private John Steel is still hanging from the church steeple at Ste.-Mère-Église.  Can someone please cut him down?

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Aristotle

October 23, 2014

From the St.-Pierre church in Caen: a carving of Aristotle being ridden and flogged by Campaspe, the mistress of Alexander the Great. Perhaps the moral lesson intended by this carving is best left to the medieval imagination.

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On the Beach

October 22, 2014

Seventy years and several months ago, my dad was bouncing around in a small boat just off this inoffensive-looking beach, which was then covered with obstacles, burning ships and tanks, and a lot of dead soldiers.  My dad was ready to join Eisenhower’s great crusade, and though he didn’t land until three days after the […]

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After Monet

October 21, 2014

And the best thing was . . .  the public toilet was named after Marcel Duchamp. How perfect was that?

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