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Paris Diary: The Enchanted City
Any view of Notre Dame de Paris is moving, but if you transport yourself back to the 13th century, your sense of wonder can only increase. Imagine that you are a peasant of that era — ok, I know this is not possible in a real sense, but make the effort anyway. You labor in the fields and return home each day to a simple dwelling. Even the wealthy people in your community have no more than one- or two-story stone houses. And then you come to Paris and behold Notre Dame Cathedral.
When art historian Frederick Hartt came to the College back in the day, he offered the view that a Gothic cathedral was intended to be an awe-inspiring heaven on earth. Viewed from a table in the Tour d’Argent on a clear day last fall, one can share a soupçon of that sentiment.
There has been a restaurant on the site of the Tour d’Argent since 1582; and it was mentioned by Marcel Proust in “In Search of Lost Time” in the volume “In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower”:
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…
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