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Advice for “Emily in Paris” season 2: Drop the Americanized fantasy and get to know the real city

As we all settle in for a challenging winter, the Netflix series “Emily in Paris” promises a deliciously indulgent escape from our troubles: a shimmering fantasy of Paris, filled with sophisticated haute couture, gourmet food and, of course, romance. Yet within this delightful vision, executed by “Sex and the City” creator Darren Star with characteristic flare, there is a glaring absence that sorely diminishes the potential of Emily and her viewers to truly encounter another culture. Working- and middle-class Parisians, the racially diverse multi-cultural residents of the city, are all but erased from Emily’s friend group and workplace, and are invisible in the cafés and cobblestone streets and glittering Marais nightclubs. French culture is portrayed in a way that corresponds to American consumerist fantasies but does not question the tourist’s idealized gaze. To solve this conundrum, here are five pieces of advice for Emily in season two.

Take a reading

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  • November 28, 2020

Advice for first-year students | The Butler Collegian

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I’m starting to write this article in the same way I have every other during my last couple of years with the Collegian — later than I should and questioning how I got myself into writing another story in the first place. After all, I am a business major. No one is forcing me to continue to write and meet — or try to meet — deadlines every week.

Perhaps because of this, I have repeatedly gotten the same question over the years: “Why did you join the Collegian?” Every time I have given a different answer. Maybe it was just because I needed something to add to my resume. Maybe it was some more noble desire to support journalism and facts in a time when both were under attack. But the truth is, I still

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  • November 11, 2020

What to do about them, and more advice from Dear Prudence.

Man's hand on a smartphone surrounded by heart like icons.
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Dear Prudence is online weekly to chat live with readers. Here’s an edited transcript of this week’s chat.

Danny Lavery: Right time, right place, right wrongs, let’s chat.

Q. My husband’s “Likes”: We have close family friends with a beautiful and charming 19-year-old daughter. She is like a niece to us. My husband has made her uncomfortable twice by remarking, “Mmm! Look at Kelly!” when she’s entered a room dressed up for an outing or work. (The “Mmm!” being the sort of sound one makes in appreciation of a delicious-looking food, for example.) Her discomfort was clear—she turned red and exited the room both times.

He now is following her on Instagram and “likes” EVERY single post she puts up. (And she posts frequently!) I’ve spoken to him about not commenting on her appearance, especially with the loud, “Mmm!” noise. He

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  • November 9, 2020

My neighbor has a picture of Hitler on his wall, and more advice from Dear Prudie.

A man seen from the back looking at a framed image of Hitler in a crowd of people looking at a Volkswagen car.
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Danny is online weekly to chat live with readers. Here’s an edited transcript of this week’s chat.

Q. The things we hang on the walls: My wife and I moved into our house last year and over time have met all the neighbors in the immediate area. We became friends with a couple near in age to us and wound up spending time together, even going on vacation together. Recently I was at their house and while on my way to grab a drink from the fridge, I noticed a small framed picture. This wasn’t hidden, it was placed at about eye level so I just couldn’t miss it. My wife says I am just super observant and that’s why she never noticed it before. It is a framed picture of Adolf Hitler and

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  • November 3, 2020

My bridezilla sisters expect me to make their wedding dresses, and more advice from Dear Prudence.

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Dear Prudence is online weekly to chat live with readers. Here’s an edited transcript of this week’s chat.

Danny Lavery: Hello, everyone! Let’s distract ourselves with one another’s personal lives, shall we?

Q. Dresses: I am crafty. In an act of hubris and love, I agreed to DIY my best friend’s wedding dress since she had no budget. It took $100, a dozen thrift stores, 100 hours, and a pint of blood, but I was able to convert an ’80s monstrosity into a rather darling modern frock. She got married and bragged about me on social media, but now everyone and their Aunt Betty is expecting me to do the same for them!

The worst are my half-sister and stepsister, and they have competing weddings going on since my stepsister had to reschedule. They both are borderline bridezillas. My half-sister lives

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  • November 2, 2020

Strictly’s Jacqui Smith says old pal Ed Balls has been on the phone with advice

Jacqui Smith says she’s not going to Balls up her Strictly Come Dancing chance thanks to advice from her pal Ed.

She says her former Labour colleague Ed Balls, 53, has been on hand to share tips from his time on the BBC series.

He left his mark on the 2016 competition with his unforgettable routine to song Gangham Style – and Jacqui’s hoping she’ll do the same.

“I’m not sure I’ll be going for high technical skill but Ed Balls called me when it was announced that I was going to be on the show and gave me some brilliant advice,” told former MP Jaqcui – who was the country’s first female Home Secretary.

“No-one can compete with Ed’s ‘Gangnam Style’ but he said to me, actually embrace it and really go for it and try hard and I promise you that is what I’m going to do.”


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  • October 10, 2020

Can I visit Wales? Latest advice as two thirds of the population are under lockdown

Two thirds of the Welsh population are living under local lockdown as of October 1 while 15 of the country’s 22 local authority areas are following stricter rules than the nation as a whole.

On September 22, First Minister Mark Drakeford advised people in Wales to only travel it was essential. This guidance has lent further uncertainty to domestic holidays and added to the difficulties facing tourism and hospitality businesses.

“Please think carefully about making journeys, only travel when you need to do so, the fewer people we meet and the fewer journeys we make the safer we all are,” he said in a message to the nation.

In the areas of the country under local lockdown, people outside of that area cannot visit for non-essential trips. For those with holidays booked in other parts of Wales, Mr Drakeford’s advice may be a deterrent, although, as it stands, they

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  • October 1, 2020

Can I visit Wales? Latest advice on the lockdown rules

The Welsh First Minister has advised against unnecessary journeys, while a quarter of the population is under local lockdown

Only travel if it is essential: that was Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford’s advice on Tuesday night, lending a major blow to tourism and hospitality businesses in the country.

“Please think carefully about making journeys, only travel when you need to do so, the fewer people we meet and the fewer journeys we make the safer we all are,” he said in a message to the nation.

There are no further restrictions on Welsh accommodation providers or visitor attractions as it stands, but the Government advice could deter visitors and make it tough for businesses to stay open.

Mr Drakeford told BBC Radio 4’s today programme on Wednesday that it was “a difficult balancing act” given that tourists from England are an important part of the economy, but they needed

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  • September 29, 2020

Old-School Money Advice You Shouldn’t Follow Anymore

If you don’t know much about money, you don’t have to look far for advice. You can always learn from personal finance articles, books and videos or from money-savvy friends and family.

Although there’s no short supply of guidance, money rules can shift over time. For that matter, some old-school advice should be taken with a grain of salt. Here’s what the experts said is some of the worst money advice.

Last updated: Sept. 1, 2020

Pay Off Your Mortgage Early

Most people need a mortgage to purchase a home. However, financing a house entails paying thousands of dollars in interest. To reduce interest charges, some borrowers come up with a plan to pay off their mortgages early by making extra payments.

This advice isn’t bad in itself, but according to Paul Moyer, the founder of, this advice doesn’t make the same financial sense in our current low-interest environment

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  • September 1, 2020

Latoya Shauntay Snell Has Some Advice for New Riders: Keep Showing Up

Photo credit: W. Eric Snell Sr.
Photo credit: W. Eric Snell Sr.

From Bicycling

I’ve lived in Brooklyn my whole life, and that’s where I learned how to ride a bike with my best friend when I was 10 years old. We went to the Boys and Girls High School track on Fulton Street. This was before they had cleaned it up, before Bed-Stuy [Bedford–Stuyvesant] and Crown Heights were like they are today. It was more of the do-or-die neighborhood, like what Biggie’s songs reference—that’s what I grew up with.

No one in my neighborhood had a high-end bike; our bikes came from Toys ‘R’ Us. So when I decided to learn how to ride, I was nervous and didn’t know what to expect. I fell off one time, and that was all she wrote, because I didn’t have many people to encourage me to get back on.

That represented my experience with sports. After the

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  • August 31, 2020