• Voulez-vous think tank avec moi, ce soir? When JOHN VON SOTHEN is invited to join a Parisian think tank, he can’t help but be flattered. However, the enthusiasm of joining Paris’s world of letters and science quickly wears off when he realizes he may just have joined a sex club instead.  2014-01-21
  • Organ traffic JOHN VON SOTHEN turns his attention to the organ transplant scooters he sees whizzing by him in Paris – the emblem of French socialist medicine and a harbinger of what’s to come.  2013-10-10
  • Bonjour, Bonsoir, and the built-in French GPS I realized recently I don’t need a watch in Paris. Nobody does actually. A quick bonjour can get you just the same. It might not give you the exact hour, but it’ll get you a bonne fin de matinée, a bonne après midi, a bonsoir even a bonne nuit in return, and for me, that’s […] 2010-11-11
  • Keeping up facades If there’s one industry that isn’t dying in France, it has to be the facade business, because every other building in Paris right now seems to be getting its façade done. It’s almost as if the artist Christo had been commissioned to gradually cover all of Paris by 2020, and he’s off to a frenzied […] 2010-07-08
  • Let’s go Mets! French baseball and me Last month was bittersweet for me: My Yankees were eliminated from another postseason, while, just days before, my Mets walked off with another championship under their belt. No, I’m not one of those fantasy baseball shut-ins, nor a minor leaguer playing for the Mets AA Binghamton franchise. I’m an ex–New Yorker who lives in Paris […] 2009-10-11