Memoirs

  • Edith Piaf, The Tragic Tale of Paris' Little Sparrow

    By Ashlee Girdner

    There are many great artists who produce art that is simply a creation, a manipulation of perception…something far away and outside of their personal experience. No artist could be further from this than Edith Piaf, known by her contemporaries as the “little sparrow of Paris”.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 January 2014 )
  • "A Woman from all Angles" Gaetana Aulenti

    By Sue Aran

    Gaetana Aulenti was regarded as "...the most important female architect since the beginning of time...," by Herbert Muschamps, the renowned architecture critic for the New York Times. She is most notably known for designing the interior of the Musee d'Orsay in Paris.

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 January 2014 )
  • Suzy Gershman Tribute from Diane Johnson

    By Diane Johnson

    I guess everyone will agree that Suzy was an exceptional human being, with the warmest heart ever, remarkable lightning wit, beauty, unbelievable energy, generosity and charm. She was a true friend and always seemed to know what her friends needed, whether counsel, hairstyle advice, something new from HongKong or just a good bucking up if you were in low spirits.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 12 August 2012 )
  • Suzy Gershman Tribute from Walter Wells

    By Walter Wells

    Years ago I began calling Suzy "La Swuze," a nickname that came to me spontaneously as I searched for a way for her name to be consistent with what she was: sui generis, one-of-a-kind. Bright red hair, taller than most, and immaculate, bright red nails that recalled her youth as a Revlon model, but that another friend thought of as "aggressive."

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 12 August 2012 )
  • Suzy Gershman Tribute from Sally Shelton-Colby

    By Sally Shelton-Colby

    I do not want to write this. Who wants to write about a best friend who has died? Who wants to write about a best friend who has died much too early? Suzy was special…. But isn’t everyone? Of all my special friends, Suzy was, well, the most special.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 12 August 2012 )
  • Suzy Gershman Tribute from Karen Fawcett

    By Karen Fawcett

    This newsletter is dedicated to “Born to Shop” Suzy Gershman who died on July 25, 2012 after a brave but ugly battle with brain cancer.  Suzy affected the lives of people she never met through her books, travel bibles to many, and the lives of those who knew her because she was Suzy.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 12 August 2012 )
  • Suzy Gershman Tribute from Dorie Greenspan

    By Dorie Greenspan

    Of course I had known who Suzy was before I’d met her – like so many others, I’d traveled with her books and, from them, had a sense that I knew her – but nothing in her books prepared me for Suzy in real life. Everything about Suzy was out-sized: her style, for sure, from her shocking red hair to her fabulous mix of scarves and jewelry, prints and plaids and a flower here and there; her smile, which made you love her immediately; her hug, which I can still feel; and her heart.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 12 August 2012 )
  • Blame it on the Pommes Souffles

    By Cathy Fiorello

    My life as a Francophile began with pommes soufflés. Actually, it began with my friend Mary, who introduced me to pommes soufflés many years ago. I’ve been following my taste buds to Paris ever since.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 12 August 2012 )
  • Paris: A Trip of a Lifetime - 25 Years Ago

    By Arnie Greenberg

    It was almost 25 years ago and while I traveled to many places almost yearly since then, I have special reasons for my warm memories. Now, as I flip through the pages of my travel log, the memories come screaming back.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 03 June 2012 )
  • Mirror

    By Joseph Lestrange

    "House of Illusion." 1933. Photo: Brassai

    Joseph Lestrange heads back to a familiar Paris bar, where it seems our pal is feeling a bit down. He's looking at the man in the mirror and . . . well, we'll let him tell the story.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 November 2011 )
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