mercredi 5 novembre 2014

What Hemingway missed in Paris

Since his ''A moveable feast'' memoirs were published 50 years ago, Ernest Hemingway has epitomized the very symbol of Parisian appeal to educated Americans. Yet, it has been 90 years since he spent the better years of his youth in the French capital and though the Paris he knew hasn't changed much since then, many, many monuments, museums, bridges, parcs and views have been added to the Parisian skyline.

Here are the most important of them:

The Louvre pyramide of course, built by an American architect (1985).


Arab World Institute (1987)

Parc de Bercy (1993). 

Hemingway indeed has missed quite a lot in Paris but he couldn't know of course since all these buildings, parcs, bridges and monuments have been created long after his death.

There are always new projects in the making in Paris and 2015 will see the opening of the Philharmonie de Paris. Curiously enough, the French capital never had a philharmonie before. 

Am I happy to live in Paris? Yes
Am I happy to pay taxes so that part of my money is used to create architectural  masterpieces? Yes, yes and yes! 

dimanche 3 août 2014

Freedom of speech (cough... cough...)

 "A tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing". This line is a perfect summary of the current situation in the middle-east. Now add to this the blurring that is made of words telling the tale and you get the perfect description of sheer madness.

Just the word "anti-Semitism" is used in a sense completely different of its true meaning (look up at Wikipedia) and is simply absurd since it would mean being opposed to the people living in that region, notwithstanding their faith, Christian, Muslim or Jewish. Who actually is "anti-Semitic"?

An atheist trusts reason and not faith, why should h/s have any sympathy or respect for believers of the flying spaghetti monster or any form of obscurantism and superstition? Is philosemitism (actually meaning a particular love for Judaism) mandatory? Why should reason defer in front of people who believe they have been chosen by the god they made and consider the rest of humanity as somehow different of them? Why should reason bow in front of people who assert they deserve a special and privileged treatment just because they believe they are the descendants of 12 tribes of peasants, fruit pickers and cattle raisers?

The decision to set up a Jewish State in the middle of the Muslim world in 1948 was the most insane thing to do, akin to moving Vatican city in the vicinity of Mecca. Chaos guaranteed until the end of times that is until Israel collapses and vaporizes all its neighbours when it disappears, and sure it will like the IIIrd reich was meant to last 1000 years.