Expat Longings?

Having grown up in New York City and having been baptized in the sea of artistic expression and urban at-ti-TUDE, from time to time, I get these lofty cravings.   Down here, where I live, is not exactly Paris, London, Tokyo or Rome…nor is it exactly Podunk or Hoosierville…if you get my meaning…

Today I had a craving for some ‘cul-cha’.  Sometimes I get homesick for my MOMA.  No…not my mother…although that happens from time to time, too… but what I mean is sometimes I get homesick for the Museum OModern Art, in my beloved Zoo York City.

Today was one of those days.

I read that there was an exhibit here in Nice at the Musée d’Art Moderne et Art Contemporaine entitled Robinson and the Nature of Things, by a group of artists who call their movement Support Surfaces.

MAMAC hardly resembles my MOMA but I rely on it, from time to time, as satisfying substitute.

I realized I hadn’t been to this museum in quite some time, the last time being a guest at the vernissage, several years ago,  of one of my favorite Nice Artists, the late, Arman.

It was time for me to check out some Modern Art again and the current featured show.

In case you don’t know, MAMAC in Nice is a located  near the Garibaldi Tramway stop, and houses a permanent collection of works by: Ben, Yves Klein, Arman, Warhol, Oldenburg, Niki de Saint Phalle, Larry Poons Frank Stella, Jan Farbre, in addition to a great depth of others in the Nouveau Realiste, School of Nice, L’Arte Povera, Support Surfaces and Minimalist movements

The Support Surfaces exhibition, Robinson ou la Force de Choses emphasizes the prediliction of the three artists represented to use objects that are generally classified as poor or trivial to reconstruct something of relative importance…I suppose.

As it turned out, the present installation from Support Surfaces Group, for me, reflects the present state of the European Union.

Come…share the experience with me…

See what I mean?

Now for samples from the Permanent collection:

ARMAN
YVES KLEIN
GEORGES SEGAL
My girl NIKKI
NIKKI DE SAINT PHALLE, again
CHRISTO

Then after this, we decided to purchase tickets to the play, Je Ne Suis pas Prostituée, Mais Je Cherche à Devenir.

Umm hummm…you read it right…

Will tell you all about it after we see it…that is if you don’t mind.

Then , getting away from the congestion of Nice we look for lunch.  We definitely decided against the weird transitions taking place at this Square in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat…

We then drove over to Villefranche to check out des Plats de Jour…

Nope…did that last week…

So we went back to Saint Jean and settled on an old favorite restaurant at the Harbor.

Sorry, I don’t do restaurant reviews! I leave that for you guys out there…

See Ya’ later!

Have a great day!

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ON BECOMING A BLAXPAT

Someone wrote me a while ago, asking what my thought process was involving my decision to move to France.

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As an answer, I have decided to re-blog an interview I gave to Black Expat Magazine a while ago:

Delorys was born, raised, educated and married to her husband of now 38 years in New York City. She has lived in several US cities (New York City, Westport, Connecticut, Saint Louis, Missouri, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Princeton, New Jersey) and in France. Delorys and her husband have been living in the South of France for over a decade after having spent 17 years dividing her time between France and the United States with the intention of eventually moving abroad.

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What do you remember of your first trip abroad?

My first trip abroad was the summer before my junior year in college. I travelled in France, Switzerland, Germany and England. Back then (and I’m not going to be specific about the date) airline tickets for student travellers were dirt cheap…so were the Eurail passes. I had a blast! I met other students from all over Europe. People invited me to their homes, so I was able to see a lot of life in other countries. I was surprised also, how things in Western cultures could look so similar on the surface but be so dramatically different when you “walked through the door”… so to speak. But I had a wonderful time and in the meantime fell in love with France.

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At what point did you become aware that you wanted to live abroad and be an Expat? First let me say that I am not comfortable with the “Expat”. I just don’t like the prefix.  Nevertheless I do use the word I coined, “Blaxpat”, to describe my current lifestyle.  Anyway, realizing through subsequent travel that there was a huge, friendly world out there, and that as an American, coming from a country with so many allies, I had the privilege to be able to travel almost anywhere in the world and be welcomed. As a black American, I enjoyed the feeling of being identified culturally and nationally as an American as well as being Black. When I discovered, life in The South of France, I knew that I wanted to find a way of living here one day. I never really thought of living in a foreign country until my first visit to Nice, France, in my thirties.

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What experience has enlightened you the most since you moved abroad?

That learning a new language fluently, not only enhances your ability to communicate more precisely in your native language, but in others as well… as you learn them… through travel and social interaction. I am fluent in French. I cannot imagine living in a country without speaking the language. I would have to find a way to learn the language somehow if I already didn’t know it. Most countries in the West at least, have some form of literacy program.

 A DAY OF 'CUL CHA' IN THE CITY OF NICE

 … And the most disheartening experience so far?

The demise of the American dollar!

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 Have you adopted any new customs whilst living in France?

You know, I honestly can’t tell anymore. Celebrating Bastille Day, perhaps?

 

We know that you moved to France with your husband, did you have any children that came with you and if so how have they adapted to the expat life?

We don’t have children. But I’ve realized that if I had children, I doubt that I would want to raise them outside of the US, unless my husband was a citizen of the country where we lived. I would have no problem having them attend school abroad, after a certain age, but I feel that It is always easier to adjust to other cultures when you are firmly grounded in who you are. Family connections are important. Also as a black American, I feel it would be important for them to understand the unique history of our particular tribe of people in the US, and how it is juxtaposed with the rest of the world.

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Do you miss any customs from home?

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I certainly don’t miss Thanksgiving, especially as a black American with Native American heritage. Otherwise, things aren’t all that different here in France. But then, it probably seems that way to me because in addition to having been raised in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural environment, I have always lived in Cosmopolitan communities whether it be Connecticut, Missouri or the other places we’ve lived.

How have you gone about making friends?

My social connections come through my work in the arts, as I am both a painter and author.

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Have you (continued…)

MY NICE LOVE AFFAIRE

This is for those of you who are headed in this direction for Nice Carnivale.  Here is a taste of my adopted town:

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See why I chose to live here?

 

Revisiting Our (American) Roots DJANGO: UNCHAINED

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What did I think of it ?

Ridiculous.  But then so was Jackie Browne, Kill Bill 2 & 1.  So was Pulp Fiction. So was Killing Zoe.  So, you see….I’ve been a fan of the ridiculous for quite some time.  In my opinion,Quentin Tarantino has a unique way of blending the serious with the ridiculous which I enjoy and admire.

The movie was way too long…but then, that’s probably his point.  Some things just go on way too long.

Historical accuracy?  Who cares.  Maybe there was no slavery. No European Holocaust.  No Bubonic Plague wagons. No Crusades.  Just a long history of  warm, loving populations all over the world inspiring one another toward greatness.  Cumbaya and all that.

In other words, I would highly recommend this movie to people …adult people…with strong stomachs AND a twisted sense of humor.

MY 3 TIPS FOR ASPIRING WRITERS

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1) If you are looking for commercial success, study the books on the bestseller lists.

 

2) If you are a creative writer, write what you want and study the craft.

 

3) Before publication study martial arts because there will be all kinds of folks out there waiting to beat you up in dark alleys

US ELECTION 2012: The Countdown

In otherwords: WHY CHANGE HORSES IN MID STREAM?

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I’M NOT DISAPPOINTED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA” ~~~Jake Lamar

Mr Lamar  is an American author, from the Bronx,  who has been living in Paris since 1993.  He graduated from Harvard and is the author of The Last Integrationist, Rendez vous 18th, Ghosts of Saint Michel among other novels.

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Enjoy this video from fellow Blaxpat author Jake Lamar.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJLvtVIk3R8

Bye for now.

a thrilling moment for an Author

The last time I rode a NYC subway was 14 years ago before we moved to France.  Even though people have told me about “sightings” of people reading my novels  on subways, buses on various rail road lines, I have never personally had the priviledge to witness this.

Two months ago, this young lady was spotted reading the hardcover edition of Gingersnaps: a novel…published in 1998.

It thrills me even more to see someone reading it who is at least a generation younger than the author.

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the photographer Orit Ben Haim

“Being able to see what a stranger is reading, provides an opportunity to make a connection — and not just judge a book by its cover. Reading in public is a kind of “vulnerability,” ~~ Orit Ben Haim

The Underground New York Public Library is a photo series featuring the Reading-Riders of the NYC subways.  The photos come together as a visual library.

THE EU BLUES PART 3: Divvying Up the Nobel Prize Money

Flash:

The 27 Member European Unions plans to divide the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Prize money equally!

“The Nobel Peace Prize for 2012 is approximately 1.16 million Euros.”

In other words:

1,160,000  divided by 27 =  approximately 42,962 euros…

which is approximately my monthly grocery budget in France!

« DIVIDE ET IMPERA »

Diviser pour régner.

Divide and Conquer

Bye bye for now!