Paranoid, that I don't get. About what?
No matter: point taken on strident although no specific examples were offered, so, as of today - less strident? (Is that going to a be a good thing or a dull thing? Am I capable of being less strident? Am I strident? I have no idea.)
Moving on....or back.
I thought the article below was well written and researched but for a trend that started in 1992, was codified in 1997 and was made wildly and widely popular in a very well known French film in 2001, what exactly is it doing on the homepage of www.iht.com in 2008? Beats me. Not much that is 'new' in this newspaper article.
From Paris, an ad hoc, urban ballet
By Simon Marks
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
EVRY, France: Back in 1992, the dreariness of life in the Paris suburb of Evry - typical of the concrete jungles thrown up in the 1960s to provide low-cost housing - drew Laurent Piemontesi and six friends together in developing what became a new art form.
They called it "l'art du déplacement," or, roughly, the art of movement. It was a "human reaction," Piemontesi said, to the many obstacles of life.
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