Forgotten lives: The man who invented la poubelle

Some people have pasteurisation named after them, others the humble dustbin. Continue reading


Marcel Leprin: Haunted genius of Montmartre

The image of the starving artist in a garret comes from Scènes de la vie de bohème, a work by the writer Henri Murger published in 1851. Turned into a play and performed with great success at the Théâtre des Variétés, two operas followed: La bohème by Giacomo Puccini (1896) and La bohème by Ruggero Leoncavallo (1897). Art imitating life. Continue reading