What We Are Reading Today: Parisian Lives by Deirdre Bair

Updated 08 December 2019

What We Are Reading Today: Parisian Lives by Deirdre Bair

  • Parisian Lives “pulls you in slowly but deeply

Award-winning biographer Deirdre Bair explores her 15 remarkable years in Paris with Samuel Beckett and Simone de Beauvoir, painting intimate new portraits of two literary giants and revealing secrets of the biographical art.

Parisian Lives “pulls you in slowly but deeply. It isn’t just about writing about two famous authors but the memoir (of the) writer’s life as well and what it takes to be a biographer,” said a review published in goodreads.com. 

It said the stories relating to both Beckett and de Beauvoir “are different but equally compelling. These stories are page turners.”

The review added: “Drawing on Bair’s extensive notes from the period, including never-before-told anecdotes and details that were considered impossible to publish at the time, Parisian Lives is full of personality and warmth and give us an entirely new window on the all-too-human side of these legendary thinkers.”

It said that Bair’s memoir “is the interrelated stories of writing biographies of Beckett and de Beauvoir and Bair’s own journey of discovery while launching her academic career.”


Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram to perform concert on TikTok

Updated 48 min 46 sec ago

Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram to perform concert on TikTok

DUBAI: Lebanese superstar Nancy Ajram announced on Monday that she will be hosting a live virtual concert on the viral social media app TikTok.

The “magical show”, which is set to take place on Aug. 6 at 9 p.m. (Saudi time), is to celebrate the star joining the application.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Last week, the “Ma Tegi Hena” singer teased a short creative video on Instagram with her daughters, Mila and Ella, who were seen nagging their mother, in the video shot at home, to create a TikTok account.

This is not the star’s first online concert. In May, during Eid Al-Fitr holiday, the music sensation streamed a widely-viewed virtual show on YouTube, shot on a building rooftop in Beirut.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Ajram recently released a new documentary entitled “The Full Story,” on Arabic streaming service Shahid VIP, that revisits the burglary that took place at the singer’s Beirut residence earlier in the year.

Back in January, Ajram’s husband, celebrity dentist Fadi El-Hachem, reportedly shot and killed an armed assailant who broke into the superstar’s property in the early hours of the morning while their three young children were sleeping.

The documentary features real-life footage from the night of the home invasion.