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    very nice post.

    The novel upon which the film is based, also called "La Moustache," by Emmanuel Carrère, is powerful and disturbing. My Lord, though, it must be ten years old or more.

    Yes, when I read the French reviews, I learned that it was based upon a novel. Sorry to seem insensitive to a potentially nice film that I haven't seen, but I just couldn't get the trailer out of my head. Was the novel ever translated into English? I'll be curious to see how the film fares. I can't imagine it having success in the US.

    The reviews truly are good. I just went through several (compiled on The Liberation calls his descent into madness "moustachicide"...

    while recovering from the "bal des pompiers" rue de sevigny, i'm reading your piece and it's really enjoyable...
    "always a prude american" -> ur not that prude, your blog shows a lot... :)

    Well, you must definitely be going to a nicer gym than mine. Our locker room is just a tiny bit larger than a phone booth, and you can imagine that the rest of the gym follows the same philosophy. I showered there just once, then got annoyed (luckily I live within 2 minutes walk).

    I realy liked this post!

    My dad has a moustache too, and once when he shaved it off. He looked so different. I almost didn't recognize him. But he never went crazy or anything....

    The temp showers are raised up on cinder blocks, too.
    Club Med Gym, Montparnasse branch, should anyone wish to take a tour...

    It's official. My new favorite word: MOUSTACHICIDE!!!!

    I always learn something new whilst reading my Coquette...

    glad to see you back in San Diego!

    Moustaches are a strange phenomenon to us Brits. But, other Europeans aside, Americans and Iraqis share, at least, this one love. Maybe moustaches could bring them together ;-)

    The Moustache was translated by Pantheon when it came out and it's now published in a Emanuel Carrere omnibus edition with Class Trip by Henry Holt. The English translation is very good and it is my favorite of Carrere's work.
    Very interesting. Usually writers adapting their own work into film is a bad sign. I don't know of any successful examples, much less actual examples outside the Tom Clancy/Michael Chrichton ones. I wasn't crazy about the film adaptations of The Adversary or Class Trip.

    i will never understand the way french men think it is ok to exercise in a thick polo shirt.

    Johnny more reason to want to live in France. At least for one year of my life.

    Argg gym outfit. I am struggling too... tried a couple of Nike stuff that made me look like Veronique et Davina (anyone remembers?)... Still in search of something both stylish and sports-like though. Any idea ?


    Hello miss ! Remember, i'm "fleur bleue" :-p
    Just to give you the blog from the guy i told you last night (pardon pour mon anglais de merde !), it's

    kisses, see u

    Thanks Jen...

    Jen, I'm sorry, do I know you? Kidding. Love that expression "fleur bleue" and it was super fun last night! I'll bring Bobos in Paradise for you next time, dahling.

    Mry, *waves* Hi! I will be visiting your site apparently.

    Miss Pink, I need new workout clothes in a bad way...Times like this I really miss TJ Maxx and Filenes Basement. Guess I should take advantage of les soldes...

    Happy 14th!

    So - what did you do for Bastille day? Is that a big deal over there, or more for ex-pats over here to celebrate?

    And don't forget the women who go to work out in a full face of makeup??


    I took J once to a gym in the states and he walked right looking pretty normal on top, a plain t-shirt and shorts (borrowed from my brother) and his normal looking nikes but it was the argyle socks that screamed "I'm not american".

    Dacnar was voted Moustache of the Year in 2003 and 2004. I have seen pictures of him without, and I have erased them from my brain.

    Now I have Johnny Depp on the brain. Which reminds me that I will have to try to see "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" in the next few days.

    I love this!

    From my limited/growing understanding of french culture and manners, I am guessing that no one at the gym mentioned how great you looked, BECAUSE if they did, it would imply that they also noticed how you looked sans douche. And that would be more rude than the lack of compliment.

    love the piece! i saw the preview and have to admit thought the film might be terrible - but i like your tak on it.
    and...backtrack to your coming out photo - tres belle...and you are even cuter in person.
    us-party-soon-Le Baron (went again last night) VIP treatment darling. can't wait to take you. xx

    Looks like it's going to be an interesting show.

    Jeremy, I had a picnic with friends to watch fireworks. What didn't feel like the 4th of July? The champagne!

    Alisa, I think that's a very good call...

    Alex, hoo yeah.


    Q: Who rocks the mustache?
    A: Dacnar, who else?

    Blinded by the light... wrapped up like a douche, another blogger in the night. I think that's how the lyrics go.

    Actually the lyrics are:
    Blinded by the light,
    revved up like a deuce,
    another runner in the night.

    Oh Coquette! That was a good one. I love "moustachicide"... I have to get glasses today and now I feel paranoid that no one will notice.

    Love the old lady with her quote and the smoking! Ha.

    BTW - I did see your cute picture... After seeing your picture I feel like I should just know you. You are too cute!

    I can no longer still picture you looking like Amelie. So now I will pretend that you have a good friend who looks like Amelie.

    Peace to you.

    Dear Coquette:

    I just found your site and it's ten shades of fantastic. I live in Paris too and cannot stop laughing every time I see an ad for La Moustache. Honestly, the French are awesomely dramatic.

    Dear Coquette,
    After several hours spent on the Web looking for a "[...] blog of a foreign student living in France" (an exercise for my english class, also called “count how many person publish their dog pics on the web”), I discovered your adventures. And I must say that your vision of France, “fresh and funny”, is also terribly accurate… and wonderfully open-minded! What you’re saying here is definitely (so) true (except one/two bad things of course)…
    I just wanted to say you good luck for your future adventures, and hope I might meet you one day at your gym, or, even better, seating at “Hotel Costes” ;)
    Jean, from Grenoble

    Wonderful blog. Brilliant. Please get published. I would love to read your books.

    Gah! :)


    No need to feel shy about showering at the gym!

    When I first started working out at my gym I was shy about showering in the cummunal shower room in the women's locker room. But after the first few times you become totally used to it and it's no longer a big deal. After a while it seems silly to be embarrassed about other females seeing you nude! For starters their not looking anyway. And even if they did glance over at you for a second, so-what, were all women with the same body parts!

    Trust me, after a few showers you will not feel shy anymore!

    But showering in a gym of New York city is just the same, when the cranky old ladies take off their towels !! Trust me !!

    I agree with the woman above who said that it's not so bad showering in the women's locker room!

    I'm not an exibitionist, and I'm not a lesbian either, but in a way it's kind of nice to be able to be openly nude in front of other women in a locker room when there's nothing sexual about it in the least.

    It's nice to be able to not worry about having to be covered up at all times, because it's just females, and it's a locker room and it's completely normal to be nude in a locker room.

    old post(12/05)-new comment(4/06)

    i avoid showering at the gym but had gone swimming so now had no choice. not to not get to graphic but the french girl next to me was completely how-you-say au naturale and i was COMPLETELY not! but it was a true shocker to me to see someone so au naturale in 2006. even when you don't want to look, sometimes you just can't avoid it!

    I am a Parisian living in NYC. are you still in Paris? Today I have made the decision to live vicariously my former parisian life through your musings. I lived in Montparnasse, just across the Luco from you. I have been in the States for 20 years, still do not understand the American. I have a working knowledge of America as a country, and what a great country, in concept. Its people, however, it's another story. I only truly feel "sur la meme page" with a compatriot. Etrange, n'est-ce pas,after two decades? qu'en pensez-vous chere amie?

    It's easier for me with compatriots too. Even if I do have zeu French blood.

    hello. i am enjoying reading your blog except when you say "X rocks!" blech. could you possibly say something else? merci.

    Oddly enough, the men's showers at my gym are under similar construction. In another coincidence, Johnny Depp goes to the same gym as well, but he doesn't seem to have any modesty issues with those glass showers.
    So I don't think it's an American thing.

    And for that, I'm glad.

    Yeah, I have deep seated psychological issues.

    But wow, I can't believe he goes to your gym. Kirsten Scott Thomas has taken yoga with me a few times. My claim to fame: downward dog with Kirsten. I'd say showering with Johnny wins.

    A girlfriend of mine read your blog and told me I have to fill you in on my celebrity gym/locker room experiances, so here goes.

    I live in L.A and there are probably about 6 to 7 different female celebrities or semi-celebrities who are members at the gym that I go to. Anyway, at one time or another I've pretty much seen all of the nude in the locker room, although in all honesty I don't usually go out of my way to look!

    The 3 most well known of them are Courtney Thorne-Smith from According To Jim, Cobie Smulders from the show How I Met Your Mother, and Parminder Nagra from ER. The others aren't very well known overal.

    I don't know if it's because they have had to take off their clothes a lot for certain acting roles or what, but they are some of the most comfortable nude people you will ever see.

    Pretty much everything they do when their in the locker room is done totally in the nude. Blowdrying hair, Weighing themselves on the scale or doing makeup, it's all done 100% in the nude.

    It is true that the French are way too much into salutations. When on-site consulting at French companies I keep wondering about the time wasted by every person in the morning as they have to kiss everyone of the opposite sex present in the room.

    On the second day when it is not my first time there anymore, I am also expected to "faire la bise" to every woman. Thank God I don't waork in finance where they have huge open plan offices.

    How entertaining! I love this.

    It's "travaux" - no, this is not your father writing. Just an admirer with a "déformation professionnelle"!

    Sarah M Davidson,

    Can you blame those actresses for walking around naked?

    My gosh, if I looked like Courtney thorne smith I would never ever wear clothes! That woman is stunning from head to toe!

    Who are those other two actresses you named though?

    Dear Coquette,
    My friend just sent me a link to your blog and may I say how wonderful it is. I am moving to Paris myself in April and have been googling for days - looking for a gym- though unsuccessfully. Your news here makes me realise there are gyms in Paris, despite the apparent lack of web presence and that they are not the same as my Australian expectations. Though I do look forward to the adventure.


    Dear Coquette,
    My friend just sent me a link to your blog and may I say how wonderful it is. I am moving to Paris myself in April and have been googling for days - looking for a gym- though unsuccessfully. Your news here makes me realise there are gyms in Paris, despite the apparent lack of web presence and that they are not the same as my Australian expectations. Though I do look forward to the adventure.


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