Hi, good friends and faithful enemies.
Soon, I will stop blogging for a significant length of time. No, I am not sick and I am not even dead (as far as I know). It’s just a production interruption.
While I am away from this blog, you might consider taking pleasant and/or useful walks through its archives. I have accumulated about 800 different postings, drawing more than 100,000 visits. There is a good chance you will find in my archives something to instruct or amuse you or both. Several or my postings are tutorials, in several easy-to-digest parts, on complex questions that college courses usually don’t handle well. An example is the series on free trade and protectionism. I have others on outsourcing and similar superficially forbidding topics. In each of these, I have done my best deliberately to avoid academic language. Those essays are written for people who did not attend university, or whose minds where elsewhere when they were supposed to study the topics, or who simply did not take the relevant courses. (I suspect that most college graduates have not had single course in economics, for example.)
The postings on this blog also include some of my short stories and a number of unclassifiable items designed as cliché busters.
If all else fails, you might want to entertain yourself by ordering my book of memoirs:
I Used to Be French: an Immature Autobiography.
You can do this either from Amazon (where it’s available in both electronic and print form) or directly from my specialized email:
(Total cost within the US including mailing is $21.)
There are excerpts of the book on this blog.
If you studied French somewhere along the way, you may want to try my short collection of stories and essays:
“Les pumas de grande-banlieue: histoires d’émigration.”
You will find in it a kind of French never found in textbooks. At worst, you will enrich your French vocabulary with words that will turn out to be useful if you happen to be driving in Paris traffic jams. It’s available, in electronic form only, also on Amazon.