March 13, 2016
The Mysteries of Paris Eugène Sue Translated by Carolyn Betensky and Jonathan Loesberg Penguin. 1,366 pp. $17.45 Reviewed by Colin Fleming One might not think that a gargantuan Parisian novel, published in 150 newspaper episodes in the middle of the 19th century, would fill anyone's 21st-century bill as an absolute ripsnorter - but Eugène Sue's The Mysteries of Paris does exactly that. Sue's 1,366-page scuzzy epic - a novel of back alleys, hidden rooms, and an underground bar - was a triumph of the burgeoning city mystery genre.
January 22, 2016 |
Heroes to pen memoir The three young American men who last summer stopped a terrorist attack on a train bound for Paris will tell their story in a memoir due in August, the Perseus Books Group announced Wednesday. The 15:17 to Paris will recount how civilian Anthony Sadler and two friends, Army Spec. Alek Skarlatos and Air Force Airman Spencer Stone were traveling on a train bound from Brussels to Paris when they encountered a heavily armed ISIS terrorist named Ayoub al-Khazzani carrying an AK-47, a pistol, a box cutter, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
January 18, 2016
Name: www.walkmysteps.com . What it does: The website offers small private tours of Paris with licensed local guides who want to help you discover the city. Available in eight languages. What's hot: The tour size is capped at a number that varies - sometimes only six persons, other times four. Some tours allow as many as 10 people. With that kind of attention, you can be sure all your questions will be answered. One tour might take you to explore the famous sites of Montmartre, as well as its hidden stairs and alleys.
December 26, 2015
Fernande Grudet, 92, who under the name "Madame Claude" operated an exclusive call-girl ring in Paris in the 1960s and '70s that attracted the patronage of dictators and diplomats, heads of state and titans of industry, died on Saturday in Nice, France. The news agency Agence France-Presse reported her death Tuesday. Madame Claude's clients included world leaders, executives, actors and playboys - anyone with a boldface name and a deep enough wallet to afford her deluxe call-girl service.
December 22, 2015 |
Last Saturday, President Obama gained the second jewel in his foreign policy triple crown: the Paris climate accord. It follows his Iran nuclear deal and awaits but the closing of Guantanamo to complete his glittering legacy. To be sure, Obama will not be submitting the climate agreement for Senate ratification. It would have no chance of passing - as with the Iranian nuclear deal, also never submitted for the Senate ratification Obama knew he'd never get. And if he does close Guantánamo, it will be in defiance of overwhelming bipartisan congressional opposition.
December 21, 2015
ISSUE | ED RENDELL What about Paris? In the wake of 196 countries acknowledging that we need to move away from fossil fuels as a source of energy, it is a bitter pill to read Ed Rendell praising the spoils of fracking in the Marcellus region ("Time is right to develop Phila. energy, container hub," Monday). The climate agreement reached in Paris on Dec. 12 is a much-needed landmark on the road to a sustainable future, but there is much work to be done, and we cannot afford to backslide.
December 21, 2015 |
A week after world officials reached a historic agreement in Paris to limit greenhouse gas emissions to fight climate change, a group of local environmental activists gathered Saturday in Philadelphia to energize each other for the city's role. "It will come down to the local [levels] and states to really lead the way," said Anthony Giancatarino, director of the energy democracy program at the Center for Social Inclusion. "We actually have a huge role to play. " The international agreement gives Philadelphia "a backdrop to be ambitious" in its actions to curb climate change, said Giancatarino, who is also chair of the policy committee at Green Justice Philly.
December 19, 2015
History, on the "right side" of which President Obama endeavors to keep us, has a sense of whimsy. Proof of which is something happening this week: Britain's last deep-pit coal mine is closing, a small event pertinent to an enormous event, the Industrial Revolution, which was ignited by British coal. The mine closure should not, however, occasion cartwheels by the climate's saviors, fresh from their Paris achievement. The mine is primarily a casualty of declining coal prices, a result of burgeoning world energy supplies.
December 17, 2015 |
Less than a month after a terrorist massacre of Parisian concertgoers and cafe patrons seemed to target modern civilization itself, the same city hosted a rare triumph of international order. Defying expectations depressed by repeated failures to reach a global climate accord - as well as the daunting complexity of the issue and competing interests involved - nearly 200 nations signed on to an agreement to limit global warming. The countries agreed to reduce climate-changing emissions enough to keep the resulting average global temperature increase under 2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, about half of which has already taken place.
December 8, 2015 |
Almost three weeks after he and his cousin were temporarily barred from boarding a plane for speaking Arabic, Maher Khalil, 28, still is traumatized. "It's like a nightmare," said Khalil, of Northeast Philadelphia. "I feel I'm not free to speak my language. " The men's ordeal not only made headlines, it rang true for other Arab Americans and Muslims. In the weeks since the Nov. 13 terror attacks in Paris, U.S. Islamic organizations and news reports tell of increased episodes of bias, with local police seeing a rise in tips implicating men of Middle Eastern appearance.