September 2014

By Antonin Baudry

As the theoretical physicist Geoffrey West reminds, “We form cities in order to enhance interaction, to facilitate growth, wealth creation, ideas, innovation, but in so doing, we create, from a physicist's viewpoint, entropy.”

AUGUST 1, 2014

August 2014

By Antonin Baudry

For a long time, summer has been linked with love. As heat waves rush through the air they too pervade our minds. Endlessly picked apart, revered, and smote in literature new and old, love is a topic we humans can’t get enough of.

JUNE 1, 2014

June 2014

By Antonin Baudry

This June, we prepare to wander away from the cities. Our recreational migration reminds me of the first lines of “Demain, dès l'aube...” by Victor Hugo.

APRIL 30, 2014

May 2014

By Antonin Baudry

This spring, I am inspired by the blooming city around us. One of the overlooked but indispensable aspects of New York culture is the subway. (And you might think I am trying to seem like a real New Yorker by mentioning the subway!) I discovered that you can find the most beautiful poems (part of the Arts for Transit movement) posted on the walls of those zipping cars.

MARCH 31, 2014

April 2014

By Antonin Baudry

This month I am pleased to announce two piquant festivals. As intellectually rigorous as they are delectable, these energetic initiatives focus on how we engage with visual art and poetry today.

MARCH 4, 2014

March 2014

By Antonin Baudry

Let’s talk about Paris. Balzac describes the capital as a primitive land with curved, serpentine roads that stretch in all directions like sprawled arms and legs. Later Haussmann fashioned a new Paris, broadening the scrawny streets and blasting boulevards through zones neither “paved” nor “lighted” before.

JANUARY 30, 2014

A month of love & intellectual exchange

By Antonin Baudry

This February, we invite you to celebrate a month of love and intellectual exchange. On the 6th, the French Embassy will present the first French Voices Awards ceremony and will honor the late non-profit publishing pioneer André Schiffrin.

DECEMBER 17, 2013

Holiday Greetings

By Antonin Baudry

If 2013 was a year for celebrating 100 years of Proust’s graceful prose, then 2014 may be set under the sign of Apollinaire’s poetry.

NOVEMBER 5, 2013

Edito Nov 2013

By French Culture

Just as Marcel Proust transformed literature, Jean-Luc Godard did the same for cinematic storytelling. This fall we find ourselves remembering these two revolutionaries on the occasion of the anniversary of two monumental works: Proust's Swann's Way (1913) and Godard's Contempt (1963).

AUGUST 30, 2013

Dear friends,

By Antonin Baudry

According to the French Renaissance philosopher Montaigne, friendship is a relationship that is in itself an end, never a means to an end. In friendship, two souls join so smoothly that they efface the seam that joined them and can no longer find it again.

JULY 15, 2013

Dear friends,

By Antonin Baudry

The summer is a time for cultivating our minds. In the words of Pangloss, Candide’s wise teacher, “we must cultivate our gardens.” What he means is that we must water the lush pastures of our brains with knowledge and ideas. This summer, there is no shortage of intellectual seeds to plant in our minds. There are novels to read, there is music to sway to, and there are shows to watch with awe...

MAY 24, 2013

Dear friends,

By Antonin Baudry

Film-lovers might be focused right now on the drama of the Cannes Film Festival, but this summer travelling festivals bring French film to communities throughout the US. Films on the Green, which opens on June 7th, in New York, is a celebration of French film, but it is also a celebration of community.