The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. is thrilled to be back with Season 3 of The Thing About France podcast! 🎉
(They’ve) passed the mic this season to guest host Liesl Schillinger, the brilliant American literary critic and enthusiastic francophile who will be shaking things up and seeing how conversations about France guided by an American lead us to new discoveries.
Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, Liesl and her guests––notable writers and cultural figures––delve into the fascinating and complicated relationship between France and America.
First up? The hilarious John von Sothen, an American magazine writer based in Paris, and author of Monsieur Mediocre: One American Learns the High Art of Being Everyday French. In his book he lays out the mysterious rules of French social behavior, which he’s decoded during his years in France, first by breaking them, then by learning to roll with them.
Find out why he says, “Route 66 is like a French protectorate that starts at the Air France gate;” what distinguishes an American kitchen from a French one; and how he’s experienced the French art of critiquing what you love.
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The Thing About France is produced by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S.