David Downie, our France and Italy correspondent, has just been interviewed by the American Library in Paris in one of the best interviews I’ve seen to date. “I’m an accidental Parisian: my early encounters with Paris in the 1970s left me wondering what all the commotion was about. Pompidou was playing Napoleon III—or Baron Haussmann—and the city seemed like one endless worksite, an experiment in brutalism, populated by people Sophia Loren once described as “Italians in a bad mood.” Click here to read on.
- Critics’ Café: Book Review, Food Wine Burgundy, by David Downie and Alison Harris
- David Downie: Genoa’s Port and Medieval Backstreets
- David Downie: The Tale of the Two Labyrinths of Chartres
- David Downie: Gallette, Italian Riviera Sea Biscuits
- David Downie: Portofino, the Italian Riviera’s Most Glamourous Time Warp