Putting the words on a page

In the past week I have had numerous conversations with different people in my life about the challenges of ‘getting the words on paper’ or onto whatever medium. I have not been writing as often and as consistently as I would have liked. Last week my efforts were upended by a new computer and the…

Contemporary Art at Fondation Louis Vuitton

The sheer size of the Fondation Louis Vuitton is intimidating. Designed by Frank Gehry to look like ship’s sails, it  has an oddly space-ship like appearance in Bois de Boulogne. Inside, the vast collection of contemporary art, the installations, the various theatres reserved for seminars, ateliers and music concerts alike, is as equally intimidating. They…

On Reading South Africa

André Brink (1935 – 2015). Photo source: africavivre.com In making my ambitious plans to read everything and anything this year, I decided that one of my reading forays would be into reading South African writers. I have not read that many South African writers and amongst my list of writers to read was of course,…

On learning a new language

I had lofty ambitions of regaling you with weekly tales of my Sorbonne stories. But between daily grammar classes,  7:30am classes on writing and oral reinforcement,  lunch periods spent in the phonetics lab, mornings spent reviewing previous days’ notes,  nights spent studying for weekly tests – all those ambitious plans fell by the wayside very…