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On the use of "Paris Is Burning." Kindly refrain from titling email or articles with it, as it's seen more use in the past week than the lone working urinal at a packed stadium. Thank you.

Posted by aalkon at November 7, 2005 6:54 AM

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Or if you must use it, be sure to end your article/email with an emphatic "Sieg Heil!"

Posted by: Paul Hrissikopoulos at November 7, 2005 9:13 AM

Irresistable, like the cartoons of Rosa riding the bus to heaven.

Posted by: Crid at November 7, 2005 9:13 AM

Besides, as WLA's seniormost Paris-infatuated blogger, you shouldn't be all dismissive about it until you tell us what it means. I'm surprised this isn't a bigger topic in media generally. Paris really is burning, and not in California's let's-wrap-this-up-before-the-weekend kind of way.

Cosh comes through like brother: http://www.colbycosh.com/#ekme

Kaus and Welch/Richard have yet to be heard from.

Posted by: Cridland at November 7, 2005 10:03 AM

I spoke to a friend in Paris this weekend, and they're pretty worried about anybody getting killed. A French French guy did yesterday, trying to put out a fire in a trash can. I think he was beaten by thugs. But, if there are rioters killed, it could enflame things. There's a tightrope to walk. Sarkozy is talking both tough on the thugs and also about a form of affirmative action...yes, the horse has escaped the barn but now all they can do is run after it.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at November 7, 2005 12:27 PM

Heh, heh. Apparently the rioters are the only ones allowed to "inflame things." Fortunately right now they seem to be sticking to cars.

And La Intifada is spreading....

Speedy

Posted by: Speedy at November 8, 2005 12:40 PM

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