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What We’re Reading This Week: Solo Travel in Paris, In-Flight Cocktails, ‘Leaving the Sea’

I'm usually not gaga for Paris the way so many others are—no judgment!—but a couple of recent reads have given me something of a fever for the French capital. First there was Stephanie Rosenbloom's intoxicating account of visiting the city solo. And now The Cut has launched Paris in 30 Days, a standalone blog that will be covering the city's food, fashion, culture, and more for the next month. All of a sudden, I'm ready to spend a long weekend on the banks of the Seine. —Michael Alan Connelly, Editor,

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This past weekend Wayne and I were reading passages of Roz Chast's memoir Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? aloud to each other. We're both dealing with aging parents, so we were alternately teary-eyed and laughing hysterically—often on the same page. —Mark Sullivan, Editor, Cities and Cultural Destinations

Mark O'Connell’s wonderful piece in Slate is a thoughtful meditation on what Joyce's story collection Dubliners still has to say about my hometown, and Dublin's relationship with its “most famously wayward son… whose great and endless gift to his home was the creative act of sinning against it.” It made me want to get on a plane to Ireland, or failing that, to immediately re-read Dubliners, whose stories “will always reveal something profound and essential and unrealized about the city and its people.” —Róisín Cameron, Associate Editor, Countryside and Adventure

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I moderate RandomReads, the in-house book discussion group, so I've just started reading our next book, Leaving the Sea, a collection of short stories by Ben Marcus. He's very funny but also dystopian, and his writing style can get experimental to the point of disorientation. I'm a big fan of his work, but I know he can be quite polarizing. I think this month's discussion will be a good one! —Jennifer DePrima, Senior Production Editor

I always love Bon Appétit magazine and right now I'm savoring the travel issue. It has all kinds of great tips and ideas. I'm particularly inspired by Andrew Knowlton's “in-flight cocktail hacks.” I'll be making a Michelada at my next mile-high cocktail hour: beer plus Bloody Mary mix, with a squeeze of lime and some hot sauce. I knew there was a reason I was saving those mini Tabasco bottles; they're definitely less than the TSA-approved three ounces. Cheers! —Caroline Trefler, Senior Editor, Cities and Cultural Destinations

Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story, D.T. Max’s lyrical biography of David Foster Wallace, is incisive, funny, thorny, and heartbreaking—much like Wallace himself. —Luke Epplin, Associate Editor, Countryside and Adventure

Gotta love it when your hometown gets two big shout-outs in a single week. First, the BBC praised Toronto as “so cool, it might not even know it”. Then, the Boston Globe published a terrific oyster-bar round-up with an edict to “get thee to Toronto”. If you do visit (and summer is the best time to go), look for me at Rodney’s Raw Bar; it’s often my first stop after I land. —Arabella Bowen, Editor-in-Chief

I’m taking heart—and laughing—this week with Alain de Botton's witty, sage The Consolations of Philosophy. He examines the lives and work of six philosophers, from Socrates to Schopenhauer, to suggest how we can handle eternal concerns from lack of money to a broken heart. Check de Botton’s Twitter account, @alaindebotton, for a pithy intro to this writer’s interests.  —Linda Cabasin, Editorial Director

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