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The Thing About France: Graydon Carter

The Thing About France is a podcast where cultural figures explore the fascinating and complicated relationship between France and America. In Season 3: Americans in Paris, guest host Liesl Schillinger interviews Americans in Paris during the COVID-19 pandemic via Zoom from her New York apartment.

Listen to the fifth episode of Season 3, featuring acclaimed writer and editor Graydon Carter on surviving le confinement in the south of France, the ingredients of a good memoir, and why he believes that “not all opinions are equal.” 

Originally from Canada, Carter found his way to New York as a writer-trainee for TIME and later LIFE, before leaving to found the satirical magazine Spy in 1986. In the subsequent decades, Carter became editor of the New York Observer and then the Editor in Chief of Vanity Fair. In 2019, he left print for digital and New York for Provence, as he founded the digital publication Air Mail and moved to the small village of Opio in the south of France. During the lockdown in France, he has spent his days reading, drawing, working on his memoir and catching up with his editorial team via Zoom.

In this episode of The Thing About France, Carter gives his opinion about the Tom Cotton piece, walks us through his reading list and future travel plans, and reminisces about showing a film at the Cannes film festival.

The Thing About France is produced by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US.

Listen on Apple PodcastsSpotifySoundCloud, and at thethingaboutfrance.com.