Category Archives: Paris

Decolonizing society: the legacy of 1968

Student protesters in Paris, May ’68. “In 1964, students at the University of California at Berkeley staged a sit-in at Sproul Hall to protest campus restrictions on political activism. Shouting through his bullhorn, Mario Savio, the leader of the Free … Continue reading

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Situationist International Anthology

“Preface to the Situationist International Anthology. In 1957 a few European avant-garde groups came together to form the Situationist International. Over the next decade the SI developed an increasingly incisive and coherent critique of modern society and of its bureaucratic … Continue reading

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Eric Rohmer’s Six Moral Tales

“It’s a mistake to privilege any one of Eric Rohmer’s ‘Six Moral Tales’ over another, though the temptation exists and is easily indulged, especially if one takes the disparate, yet complementary, viewpoints of this inimitable sextet as entirely representative of … Continue reading

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Francis Ponge

Francis Ponge: Things “Francis Jean Gaston Alfred Ponge (French: [pɔ̃ʒ]; 27 March 1899 – 6 August 1988) was a French essayist and poet. Influenced by surrealism, he developed a form of prose poem, minutely examining everyday objects. … From 1952 to … Continue reading

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Hippie trail

“The hippie trail (also the overland) is the name given to the overland journey taken by members of the hippie subculture and others from the mid-1950s to the late 1970s between Europe and South Asia, mainly through Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, … Continue reading

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Political graphics of the “long 1960s”

Hell no, nobody goes. 1967. Frank Cieciorka, artist. Poster. Collection of Oakland Museum of California. “Posters are among the significant ephemera of the long 1960s. Synonymous with rebellion and visual wit, these fragile documents were densely packed cultural viruses capable … Continue reading

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Violette Leduc

“Violette Leduc (7 April 1907 – 28 May 1972) was a French author. … After the war, she went to a boarding school, the Collège de Douai, where she experienced lesbian affairs with her classmate ‘Isabelle’, which Leduc later adapted … Continue reading

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