By Jeffrey Mehlman
This memoir is much less a chronicle of the lifetime of a number one pupil and critic of issues French than a sequence of another way angled fragments, each one with its attendant shock, in what one commentator has referred to as Jeffrey Mehlman's amour vache—his injured and sometimes injurious love—for France and the French. The reader will come upon masters of the paintings of studying in those pages, the pleasure elicited via their achievements, and the unforeseen (and sometimes unsettling) resonances these achievements have had within the author's lifestyles. With all its idiosyncrasies, Adventures within the French alternate depicts an highbrow iteration in ways in which will allure not just those who keep in mind the heady days of the increase and reign of French concept but in addition those that don't. This provocative ebook could be of curiosity to scholars of highbrow heritage, literary feedback, Jewish stories, the heritage of yank academia, and the style of the memoir itself.
About the author
Jeffrey Mehlman is college Professor and Professor of French Literature at Boston collage. he's the writer of 8 books, together with Walter Benjamin for kids: An Essay on his Radio Years (1993), Genealogies of the textual content (1995), and Emigré ny: French Intellectuals in Wartime big apple, 1940–1944 (2000).
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He shook her hand and sauntered out the door of the restaurant. ” Hollywood is full of such organisms! Probably an entire book could be written about this subject. A more digestible way of describing a parasite in human form is to detail the actions of these people. In 1954 I arrived in Hollywood bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready to start my film-acting career. I came with a friend from college who had the same ambitions. I had one connection with someone that might be of help in establishing me, an actor who had worked with both my brothers at the Jewish People’s Institute in Chicago.
Robert Christopher and I were talking about our exploits in show business. Robert, who just turned ninety and looks years younger, has acted in scores of films and was telling me about his role in The Barefoot Contessa, which he did many years ago. He also talked about Rome and acting in Europe, where he spent some time working in films. He always sits at the same table and is irritated if, when he arrives, other people are there. ” It consists of aging Italian actors who have worked in films over the years.
That, in a sense, told the whole story of his life. On the other side of the pool lived a guy around twenty-eight or thirty years old, who was married to an attractive want-to-be model or actress. Every time she left the apartment to go somewhere, he would come out, look at her departing and check to see if there was anyone sitting around the pool who could witness his good fortune to be with such a beautiful woman. Next to my apartment, in 112, was an older woman in her late fifties or early sixties, by the name of Hennie Mohr.
Adventures in the French Trade: Fragments Toward a Life (Cultural Memory in the Present) by Jeffrey Mehlman