• The 10th arrondissement – Paris’s secret garden JOHN VON SOTHEN reveals why Paris’s most diverse and hipster arrondissement has become France’s Ground Zero. 2015-11-23
  • 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
  • The 40 year-old bar owner I’ve noticed a peculiar trend recently among many of my 40-year old friends. And it’s not that they’ve become religious or more conservative (that’ll be when they’re 50). It’s that they’ve developed a recent fascination of buying and running bars. So much so I’m starting to think it’s the new Porsche of my generation – a […] 2013-03-12
  • No, I won’t go on vacation with you Each year I have to explain to my friends that I’m not going on vacation with them. Ever. And it’s not because I don’t like them. It’s because I do like them, and I want to keep it that way. Vacationing together would just screw it all up. Unfortunately, my friends don’t buy this logic. […] 2011-08-12
  • 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