View from Rue Saint-Georges

A blog about expatriate life in Paris. Thomas Chatterton Williams is the author of a memoir, Losing My Cool. He is at work on a book about how we define race in America, told through his own experience of growing up with a white mother and black father, and of raising a blond-haired, blue-eyed daughter in France.



The danger of categorical thinking

Slowing Down

Thoughts on the imperiled life of leisure

Is 40 the New 30?

On the extended march toward full adulthood

Workers of France, Unite!

The personal misery of public strikes

Make Them Work

A different sort of moral obligation

Kanye and Ta-Nehisi

“This is my life, homie, you decide yours”

Time Well Spent

The life-affirming pleasure of childcare

Reaching Out

The best way to escape our current political predicament is to keep talking

You Must Be Joking

A comic book, a movie, politics, and race

Language Unbound

How the words we use influence how we think

On the Turning Away

Our tendency to ignore human suffering

License to Chill

Life slows down when you can’t drive

Existential Split

On feeling the pull of home

A laptop sits open on a rustic wooden table next to a coffee and an evocative travel photograph

Too Much of a Good Thing

Relief at the end of summer vacation

Priceless Moments

How having children focuses a writer’s mind

Life on a Razor’s Edge

The hidden joys of shaving


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