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Many Americans have dreamy and romantic ideas about Paris, notions which probably trace back to the 1920's, to the vision of Paris created by the expatriate Americans there. But David Sedaris moved to France with no special feelings for the place. His head wasn't full of Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein and Sartre and Proust; he was a blank slate. And so the places he's found as his favorites tend to be places where the people aren't mean to him when he speaks French, or places where very unusual and fascinating objects are sold, or place that are unlike anywhere in the States. This week, David takes Ira on a tour of town. He talks more about his struggle with daily life in France in his book Me Talk Pretty One Day.

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