I also thought guiltily about how little progress I’d made on a French book sent to me by Lauren Collins, a colleague who lives in France and interviewed its author for the Skeleton teacher math i’ll just wait until it’s quiet vintage shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this New Yorker. Je Ne Suis Pas Parisienne consists of a series of essays written by Parisian journalist Alice Pfeiffer. In them, she repudiates the hollow stereotype of the Parisienne, the “French girl” whose very characterization—a grab-bag of cliches about red lipstick, generational wealth, and seemingly effortless perfection—couldn’t be more at odds with the rich diversity of the city. It reminded me of a certain high-school French class, when my teacher had cautioned us against characterizing France and its inhabitants according to stereotypes, and I had been excited to dive in.
One day, I’d brought the Skeleton teacher math i’ll just wait until it’s quiet vintage shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this book along as a subway read for my daily commute before realizing I was in over my head: My lapsed language skills made it a more time-intensive read than I’d expected. I made a few more halting attempts to work through it, but I never made the time to pick the book back up again.