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I submitted my first piece of writing when I was seventeen, a story about my first job, working at the employee cafeteria at General Telephone where my mother was a dispatcher. Rolling the 20# white bond backed by a sheet of thin blue carbon paper into my Smith Corona, I typed it out slowly, carefully, on a piece of erasable paper—and mailed it off to Cosmopolitan along with a cover letter. Not just to any editor at Cosmo, by the way, I sent it directly to Helen Gurley Brown. 

The piece itself, meant to be comical, was full of clumsy attempts at self-effacing humor.  I strived for a similar tone in the cover letter I addressed to Brown, completely clueless that the high powered editor in chief wasn’t the one reading unsolicited manuscripts. After I signed off I added the following PS. I could have said I was Joyce Carol Oates. What I thought that would accomplish I can’t imagine. That an unsatisfactory submission would get published because of a lame joke? 

No surprise, in the SASE I’d …

Art+Architecture: The Frank Gehry Design for Louis Vuitton


I don’t suppose most people go to Paris looking for architecture by Canadian-born, LA-based Frank Gehry but the designer of eye-popping buildings like Los Angeles Disney Concert Hall and Spain’s Guggenheim Museum Bilbao has certainly made a mark on the city’s urban landscape. Gehry’s designs are always controversial but after seeing the model for the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris at the new Gehry exhibit at LACMA today, I can’t help wondering what the French make of the creation popping up out of the Bois de Bologne like a futuristic sailing ship, ready to take off into the sky?

Model for the Louis Vuitton Foundation; credit: mois

For the time being, the closest I’ll come to seeing the building is here in L.A. where the Gehry exhibit at LACMA has just opened and features a dizzying 200+sketches and over 65 models. Some built, some yet to be built and some that never will. And yes, one of those models is, as pictured above, the model for the Luis Vuitton Foundation. I don’t know about you but when I think of Louis Vuitton I think of overpriced luggage and hand goods but the foundation is a separate entity, a private cultural initiative designed to “promote and support contemporary artistic creations for a wide French and international audience.” 


You can’t redo old ideas…you can learn from the past but you can’t continue to be in the past. I cannot face my children if I tell them I have no more ideas and I have to copy something that has happened before. It is like giving up and telling them there is no future for them.”   Frank Gehry

The creation, like all of Gehry’s creations, is a showstopper. Designed by Gehry+Associates, so is this exhibit. I go a little gaga over models, with their teeny faux people and trees. I want to be put in that ‘honey, I shrunk the kids’ machine and crawl right in and have a look around. The hour that I spent with the visionary Frank Gehry wasn’t nearly enough to see it all so I’ll have to go back. Plenty of time, the exhibit runs through March 16, 2016. 


When in Paris: 

The Louis Vuitton Foundation 
8, Avenue du Mahatma Ghandi, Boi de Boulogne, 75116
+33 1 40 69 96 00


When in Los Angeles: 

LACMA 
5905 Wilshire Boulevard, 90036
323 857-6010 


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This is a little different for me but I got so inspired after visiting the Gehry exhibit, I couldn’t help myself.
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  1. As a Canadian I like that he now has a project in Paris. Good for him. That said I do not like seeing modern buildings in old cities. I like to keep everything the same.

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    1. As a quasi-Canadian I feel the same pride:) Being a purist, you must hate the glass pyramid at the Louvre.

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  2. I love architecture and that is one impressive building.

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    1. He is a genius; mind blowing stuff.

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  3. I love the architecture of Paris and while this is certainly different, I love it. Just a shame I'm a little far away from Paris

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    1. If your travels bring you to SoCal, check out LACMA.

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  4. I think this looks amazing and I can understand your fascination with the model. I do wonder what the French people think about it. Thanks for playing along with Dreaming of France. I can always count on you.

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    1. Thanks Paulita, you know I love playing along.

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