"Nothing Serious" and "Weight"
Posted 18 January 2008 - 12:38 AM
The other book is Nothing Serious by Justine Levy which I picked up because of the current coverage of Carla Bruni and Nicolas Sarkozy. It is well written although in a "look at all the horrible things that have happened to me" style. Even with all her whining Levy was an easy person to like. She is the daughter of Bernard Henri Levy, a person whose greatest fan I am not and who seems to be one of the leading public intellectuals in France, a place where such a thing still exists. The real point of the book is that one should be very careful when offending an author--Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift, D.S.P.D. is another example of many that come to mind. The tawdry details of Bruni and Levy are probably known to many here and others can find them quickly with an internet search and Levy's brief descriptions/discussions of Bruni are devastating even in translation. It is currently OOP in the U.S. but readily available online.
Posted 18 January 2008 - 11:08 AM
And he gets profiled in Vanity Fair.
Posted 18 January 2008 - 11:12 AM
Posted 18 January 2008 - 11:19 AM
I do hope that Sarkozy, having been asked by Saudi Arabia to leave Mlle. Bruni at home, attempts to bring her to the White House. It would be fun to see the public policy debates in Washington about that.
Posted 27 January 2008 - 03:24 PM
The entire piece is here:
Posted 08 February 2008 - 10:25 PM
Not sure if the passage of time has made your question moot but if not, I don't think it would be appropriate for middle schoolers. There are some very graphic descriptions of sex (brief, well done in context but still not for kids) and how Prometheus is tortured by having his liver ripped out by an eagle every day--again she doesn't dwell on it but there it is.
Posted 09 February 2008 - 06:34 AM
I had a look at it when it was published, but had found it not very interesting and a bit too self-centered (and actually there had been some controversies about the media coverage it had, with many reviews, interviews, etc. Many people thought it was mostly because of her father. By the way, some French consider him as a "leading intellectuel", but quite a lot of others consider him as a sort of joke...) I'm a bit fed up with all the authors pretenting to write "novels" which are just thinly veiled self-serving autobiographies (generally including enough scandalous details to ensure selling...)
Thanks for the link to the New Yorker article, it's interesting to see a foreign point of view about those recent events (by the way, in the part about the photograph of Beauvoir in the nude on the cover page of "Le Nouvel Observateur", the article forgot to mention that the cover was criticized by many people as voyeurist and sexist- a lot of people mentioned that they would never consider publishing similar photographs of, say, Sartre or Camus...) Traditionnally the French press didn't talk much about politician's private lives, this is changing and I don't find is especially positive (the present situation with Sarkozy is all the more amusing- or infuriating- as a few months ago he had criticized the press harshly about talking to much of his marital problems with his former wife Cecilia and had said he wanted to protect his private life, while a few months before he was showing himself as much as possible in the media with her and their children...)
Bart, I wouldn't like to turn this board into gossip, but the list of former lovers of our present "First Lady" is indeed far shorter than what can be found elsewhere (and acknowledged by her), but I guess most of the other ones are not famous in the US...
It hasn't exactly improved Sarkozy's popularity with the most conservative voters.
Posted 09 February 2008 - 09:35 AM
Or Jerry Lewis.
Posted 09 February 2008 - 02:18 PM
Thank you, Estelle, for that report from the front lines. I don't much care for too much emphasis on private lives, either, but I prefer open discussion to the 'organized hypocrisy' described by Gopnik. All too often said hypocrisy meant an easier life for powerful men and stoic silence on the part of their wives and lovers. It still does, of course, but it's a lot harder now. That is not, all in all, a bad thing in my view.
I can well imagine. I think they have a point.
I wondered about that, too. Gopnik seemed to think it was sort of cute.
Posted 24 June 2008 - 04:09 AM
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