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Rise Tattoo goes to India

                                                    The brand new edition(#46) of Rise Tattoo, available at all good newsagents in France at present, features 16 pages on India by Laure Siegel and myself. We look at […]

Sacred Skin in Rise Tattoo Magazine

I am interviewed in this month’s Rise Tattoo Magazine from France. Big thanks to Dom Pichard and Laure Siegel.

Literary gangsterism in France

Crime Fiction‘s alive and kicking in France.  50s pulp greats like Jim Thompson and Ross MacDonald are are currently being re-translated and some Noir classics are now out in two different editions. This is what I found out when I visited Libraririe Lignes Noires in Avignon, one of just a handful of crime fiction book […]

French blog La Jupette de Jeanette on Sacred Skin

French blog La Jupette de Jeanette offers a page on my new book Sacred Skin this week!

From the Archives: Postcard from Provence

I published the following story about Provence, a wine growing region in southern France a couple of years ago. At the time of writing, I was just getting to know the protagonists of the text.  I stayed in touch with all of them. Eric Bouletin continues to grow excellent wine and Junko Takase continues to […]

Who owns the 21st Century?

Every day, we appear to be moving a little closer to a state of affairs where governments could become obsolete. Large parts of the world have always been ruled by people who don’t really qualify as governments, but in recent years, perfectly respectable rulers have also shown signs (not for the first time) that they […]

Southern Germany – Land of Smiles vs. France – Land of Gypsies

Southern Germany is conservative and a bit too far away from the real world for my liking, but while people look pretty stiff and sullen on the street, they are friendly, noticably so after a trip around Europe. Tried to get a tram from Mannheim to Heidelberg a while back and had no change for […]

Les Rencontres – Arles – Photography

Visited the Les Rencontres monster photo exhibition in Arles. Some 60 exhibitions show a huge variety of photography from reportage to conceptual art and everything in between. This years highlights, for me at least, included Taryn Simon from New York who shot a serious of stunning images called The Innocents, which document the stories of […]

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