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Claire Berlinski

Writer, Researcher, and Journalist

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Claire Berlinski

Novelist, essayist, journalist, historian, travel writer, biographer, critic.

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No Words

My doorbell rang insistently. It was my father. “Notre Dame is on fire,” he said through the intercom. I rushed downstairs. “It’s burning to the ground,” he said. I was speechless. He had been evacuated. He had not brought his phone or his glasses. “You’ll stay with me,” I said. He wanted to go home.
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Rebelicious

It’s September, the sky is blue over the Communist suburbs of Paris, and revolutionary music is pumping from every speaker in Georges Valbon Park in La Courneuve. Someone was making a killing on Che Rebel Spirit energy drink, for which I developed a taste. It packed a big caffeine punch. The French Communist Party (Parti Communiste Français, or PCF) was holding its annual Fête de l’Humanité, a three-day bash to raise money for its daily newspaper.
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The Problem with No Name

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France Doesn’t Have Enough Cops

The Gilets Jaunes say they can’t take it anymore. They’re not the only ones. Violent uprisings are a sign of public unhappiness. They are also a sign of state failure. France is hardly a failed state, nor will it be one. But it is exhibiting symptoms associated with state failure. It is struggling to maintain practical control of its territory.
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Riots in Paris

The Gilets Jaunes, or Yellow Jackets, are now entering their fourth week of nationwide protests. They claim to be leaderless and unaffiliated with any party, politician, or unions. They are mostly working- and middle-class people from France’s abandoned rural provinces. Christopher Caldwell described this group, sociologically, in City Journal last year; he was in turn appealing to the well-known work of the French geographer Christophe Guilluy.
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The Truth About Polygraph Tests

News organizations would render a valuable service if, whenever they report that someone has taken or proposes to take a polygraph, they reminded readers (or explained to them) that polygraphs are voodoo. Junk science. They are no more reliable than a pack of Tarot cards. Polygraph evidence is inadmissible in court.
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La Comédie humaine: Tonguetwister

La Comédie humaine is the diary of American expatriate Claire Berlinski’s amazing journey onto the Parisian stage. If you missed the Introduction, we urge you to begin there. The French take elocution very seriously; it is considered basic, minimal politeness to speak clearly, and inadequate articulation is perceived as lazy.
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La Comédie humaine: Bright lights

La Comédie humaine is the diary of American expatriate Claire Berlinski’s amazing journey onto the Parisian stage. If you missed the Introduction, we urge you to begin there. I took a seat in the front row. So did Fabien. He opened his laptop, and began tapping away like a man on a commuter train writing a memo about a filing deadline.
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La Comédie humaine: How to Act

La Comédie humaine is the diary of American expatriate Claire Berlinski’s amazing journey onto the Parisian stage. If you missed the Introduction, we urge you to begin there. The audition, she explained, was simple. I was to show up for two classes spéciales and just … participate. There would be “exercises,” she said, and “improvisation.”.
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La Comédie humaine: Entrée

La Comédie humaine is the diary of American expatriate Claire Berlinski’s amazing journey onto the Parisian stage. If you missed the Introduction, we urge you to begin there. I feared superstitiously that if I failed to keep my New Year’s resolution, all my previous schemes for self-improvement would come undone and within a month I’d be living on Marlboro Reds and bacon cheeseburgers.
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La Comédie humaine: Introduction

I was in Paris for part of the Carter Administration. Not all of it: I’d watched the Iranian Revolution and then the hostage crisis on TV in my parents’ bedroom near Seattle, but we were in Paris by the time Carter tried to rescue the hostages. I was eleven. When Mitterrand thrashed Chirac in 1988, I was in Paris again.
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La Comédie humaine: Introduction

I was in Paris for part of the Carter Administration. Not all of it: I’d watched the Iranian Revolution and then the hostage crisis on TV in my parents’ bedroom near Seattle, but we were in Paris by the time Carter tried to rescue the hostages. I was eleven. When Mitterrand thrashed Chirac in 1988, I was in Paris again.

About

Claire Berlinski

I'm an American novelist, freelance journalist, travel writer, biographer, historian, editor and consultant who lives amid a menagerie of adopted stray animals in Paris. I'm the author of There is No Alternative: Why Margaret Thatcher Matters. I'm also the author of Menace in Europe: Why the Continent's crisis is America's, Too, and two spy novels: Loose Lips and Lion Eyes. I'm a contributing editor of City Journal, a fellow of the Manhattan Institute, a senior fellow for Turkey of the American Foreign Policy Council, and an editor and regular contributor at Ricochet.com.

I'm now working on a book called Brave Old World: Europe Revisited, a sequel to my first book about Europe, which was published ten years ago. This time, my reporting will be entirely funded by my readers: I'd be ever so grateful for your help.

www.gofundme.com/braveoldworld
www.berlinski.com
www.ricochet.com

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Skills

  • Writing novels
  • Writing essays
  • Journalism
  • Travel writing
  • Historical research
  • Writing biographies
  • Criticism