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When the New York-based artist Christine Garvey first visited Florence, ten years ago, she was most moved not by the Botticelli at the Uffizi Gallery nor the Michelangelo at the Galleria dell’Accademia, but by a small and eclectic natural history museum called La Specola, and by a sub rosa resonance she perceived between its collection of wax anatomical models and the stockpile of historical scientific instruments at the Museo Galileo, a science history museum...
When I was 14, I went with my family to Paris. The French! They had a particular way of doing everything, definite opinions about it all. (The funnier version of this sentiment comes from a Steve Martin stand up routine: “It’s like, those French have a different word for everything.") Are you in Paris eating a bag of potato chips on the sidewalk because you are very hungry and will otherwise pass out? Wrong decision. Are you fixing...
After a lengthy hiatus, Adele is back and I am here for it. Her new single "Hello" broke records, took names, and moved me to examine how cell phones, music and intimacy have become entwined in the modern era. The British pop star performed the song live for the first time ever at France's NRJ Awards. Oh by the way, "Hello" sits atop the Hot 100 for the second week in a row. Watch...
In the last ten years or so, if Americans have been told one thing over and over about France it's this: The French do everything better. From raising children (or, you know, bébés) to dieting to the amount of vacation time they get, the French apparently have everything all figured out. It would be enough to cause an inferiority complex among the most secure people, and so, luckily enough, most Americans have remained immune...

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