I Love France
| Peter Klein |
Here is a confession. I love France. Not just the food or the countryside or the language, but also the culture, the history, the way of life. Perhaps that makes me a cheese-eating surrender monkey. I don’t know. But I do know that I like France. And I don’t even mind the French all that much.
Seriously, I’m fortunate to count such diverse thinkers as Pierre Garrouste, Jean-Michel Glachant, Guido Hülsmann, Nathalie Janson, Armelle Mazé, Claude Ménard, Philippe Nataf, Pascal Salin, Stéphane Saussier, and Anne Yvrande-Billon as friends, colleagues, and research collaborators.
Despite my Francophilia — or perhaps because of it — I have enjoyed reading Stephen Clarke’s A Year in the Merde, a send-up of French society and culture written by a young British expat. It’s funny (though a bit raunchy), and resonates well with those of us who admire, but fail to comprehend, so much of what it means to be French. A good read.