Yet, the French people responded to the crisis in a stoic, dignified manner, unwilling to let it threaten their way or life or shake their belief in liberté, égalité, fraternité.
This month, we celebrate their spirit and pick our 20 top reasons to love and visit France. If the essence of true art is to breathe new life into what existed before, then no movement succeeded more than the Nouvelle Vague.
In other words, he got off his tits on absinthe and hashish, revelled in disorderliness, and indulged in copious amounts of sex, often with his lover, the taciturn, abusive fellow scribe, Paul Verlaine.
Such behaviour scandalised contemporary society and probably took its toll on this restless soul, as he quit writing when barely 21.
And anyway, it’s all been done before, and done many times by now.
These days, it’s far more surprising to meet an adult who’s never tried weed than one who has.
That’s not to say that drugs have magically become harmless, of course — but neither is eating fast food or smoking cigarettes or any number of legal pursuits.
” We’ve even had Toby Keith singing about smoking weed with Willie Nelson, for Chrissakes.
There’s a big difference between work inspired by drugs and work drugs, of course — your correspondent occasionally gets teased for only liking junkie music, for example (it’s the tempo, dammit).