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Paris Diary: We Sure Eat a Lot of Bread
Not an oil truck. No. A flour truck, parked in front of Béchu, our lovely local bakery. It makes two deliveries each week, pumping flour as if it were fuel into a large tank in the basement. Béchu buys about 150 quintales of flour each month; that’s about one ton every two days. In our apartment across the street, we have bread on the table at lunch and dinner, usually a ficelle — a small version of a baguette. We need it to go with cheese and to mop up sauce, and as an accompaniment throughout any meal.
Béchu’s bread is often sold straight from the oven; the staff laughs when I grinningly complain that it is too hot. The bakery is also a place where the people behind the counter seem to remember every customer. Occasionally when I shop before a meal, I’ll be told that we don’t need any bread because my wife has already been by.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…