The Eiffel Tower, as seen from a boat trip on the Seine. (Built by Alexandre Eiffel, who also did the Statue of Liberty).

The Eiffel Tower, as seen from a boat trip on the Seine. (Built by Alexandre Eiffel, who also did the Statue of Liberty).


Lovers’ locks over the Seine in Paris.

Lovers’ locks over the Seine in Paris.


Paris cafe still-life, double exposure.  (at ST-Germain Des Prés Paris)

Paris cafe still-life, double exposure. (at ST-Germain Des Prés Paris)


Les Deux Magots, one of Hemingway’s Paris hideouts (& a must-see, after reading A Moveable Feast).  (at Les Deux Magots)

Les Deux Magots, one of Hemingway’s Paris hideouts (& a must-see, after reading A Moveable Feast). (at Les Deux Magots)


….because when in Paris, eat croissants.

….because when in Paris, eat croissants.


Relais Hotel du Vieux at 9 Rue Git le Coeur, located in the Latin Quarter of Paris (& better known as the “Beat Hotel). 

The Beats have fundamentally shaped my understanding of myself as as person and as a writer, so it was so moving to stand across the street from this place. I could imagine their ghosts on the street, dissolving in poetry and laughter and the kind of giddiness that comes from being far from home. (at Relais Hôtel du Vieux Paris)

Relais Hotel du Vieux at 9 Rue Git le Coeur, located in the Latin Quarter of Paris (& better known as the “Beat Hotel).

The Beats have fundamentally shaped my understanding of myself as as person and as a writer, so it was so moving to stand across the street from this place. I could imagine their ghosts on the street, dissolving in poetry and laughter and the kind of giddiness that comes from being far from home. (at Relais Hôtel du Vieux Paris)


Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France. (at Notre-Dame De Paris)

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France. (at Notre-Dame De Paris)


Paris graffiti: “Money make the world go round” (at Paris, France)

Paris graffiti: “Money make the world go round” (at Paris, France)


Lewinsky rightly points out how one mistake largely defined her life and public perception from that point on, while Clinton managed to move forward, largely unscathed. The message we get from this is clear: women can be judged based on whom they have sex with (or don’t); men can be judged on everything else. Can you imagine being defined by a short-lived college fling for the next twenty years of your life?

Part 2. My favorite essaying essentials.

Part 2. My favorite essaying essentials.