October 7, 2020 | By Heidi Ellison | What's New Potpourri
A compendium of good reads about Paris and France in English. Paris in literature Octave magazine, produced by the Opéra de Paris, has an excellent story on the way writers like Dumas and Balzac used the streets of Paris as … Read More
June 10, 2020 | By David Jaggard | C'est Ironique!
A note from David Jaggard: France is emerging from confinement and we are free to travel again. For those who share my love of the French countryside, this article, originally posted on June 24, 2015, contains some actual useful information. … Read More
April 22, 2020 | By David Jaggard | C'est Ironique!
A note from David Jaggard: France is now in its sixth week of confinement. All eyes are on the research community as the population awaits news of the one scientific breakthrough that we’ve all been hoping, longing and praying for: the … Read More
April 1, 2020 | By David Jaggard | C'est Ironique!
A note from David Jaggard: As France and much of the world endures a lockdown to slow the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus, I’m sure that many Paris Update readers are, like me, thinking back to a happier, more carefree time. … Read More
February 19, 2020 | By David Jaggard | C'est Ironique!
Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in Paris Update on February 10, 2016, but seems even more pertinent today after the latest round of transit strikes. All right, all you youngsters out there, gather ’round and listen: when I was … Read More
June 26, 2018 | By David Jaggard | C'est Ironique!
Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in Paris Update on June 8, 2014. As I write this, the 2014 FIFA World Cup is about to begin in Brazil. This quadrennial tournament always brings back a fond childhood memory for me. Not … Read More
April 4, 2018 | By David Jaggard | C'est Ironique!
As some readers know, I am also a composer. Since I started writing C’est Ironique in 2010, I have been saying, mostly to myself, that I was developing the “humor lobe” of my brain so that someday I could combine … Read More
December 20, 2017 | By David Jaggard | C'est Ironique!
My dear readers! After seven years, four months and nearly 300 articles, I have decided to stop writing C’est Ironique on a regular basis. An irregular basis is not out of the question, but it’s time for me to … Read More
December 6, 2017 | By David Jaggard | C'est Ironique!
A week ago I posted a photo of a French (I repeat: French) magazine entitled “Oh My Mag.” For those who prize and appreciate the French language, that by itself is offensive enough, but in fact it’s only the tip … Read More
November 22, 2017 | By David Jaggard | C'est Ironique!
Editor’s note: This piece was first published in Paris Update in November 2016, but Thanksgiving is forever, and so is David’s origin story, so here it is again. Every year on Thanksgiving, I make a big fire in the living … Read More