FYI France

File 3: Ejournal and archive

by Jack Kessler,

December 15, 2011 issue. This file presents an archive copy of the issue of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which was distributed via email on December 15, 2011 - and, a little later, on, and at Facebook-Jack Kessler's Notes

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Versions of the following have appeared online regularly, since 1992, as a feature of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which is distributed for free via email every month except August. Ejournal subscriptions may be obtained via email request to:

Here this file is one of a number made available - hopefully attractively, all in one place, and relevant to libraries and online digital information work in France and Europe - as part of FYI France (sm)(tm), an online service to which anyone can subscribe for 12 months by postal mailing a check for US $45, payable to Jack Kessler, to PO Box 460668, San Francisco, California, USA 94146 (site licenses also are available): please write your email address on the front of your check. And you can pay via PayPal, on the FYI France homepage:

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In south-central France, south of Lyon, the rivers empty from the Massif Central into the Rhône -- some of them after falling a long way, through impressive gorges and in tremendous floods. The result is some of the country's most spectacular scenery, best fishing, simultaneously the richest alluvial-deposit farming and the most hardscrabble clay & rock survival existences, and tiny and picturesque villages -- and some libraries, impressive too for also being tiny and impoverished-yet-surviving, in some places, and for possessing wonderfully-interesting collections and providing extensive local information services, in others.

Many accounts have been written of life in this part of France, many of them by foreigners: Robert Louis Stevenson on the Cévennes, Peter Mayle on the Vaucluse... To better-appreciate the Ardèche I just now am reading an account by ebullient Yale History Professor John Merriman, of his love affair with the place, also of his keen appreciation of its history, its temperament, and of the ups and downs of living in France and of being French -- Merriman has lived there himself for many years, in Balazuc, population recently a few over 300 --

From the publisher's description:

And here are some of the libraries which these tiny towns, so remote from the superbly-endowed Parisian monstre to their far north, stubbornly and gamely and proudly support:

-- all of these entries are most easily reached as a single groupe ardèchoise via the initial list of "New" entries shown currently at,

-- and, later on, hopefully by the end of this month in fact, via a search in the New & Improved FYI France Search Engine, on either "Departement Ardeche" or "Département Ardèche"...


A Multilingualism Note:

Search has been ASCII-only for a long time, here on FYI France: partly as protest, ever since a certain Michael Hart & I, a long time ago, first discussed the politics of inserting little diacritical marks -- "comme c,a" -- as a salute to broad-minded US trans-nationalism, also to recognize foreign integrities, also to keep a few ferocious francophiles happy, also to remind US friends that the Nets were not yet multi-lingual much less multi-cultural.

That was back in the days when, in France anyway, an "airbag" had to be a "coussin gonflable de protection", or there would be a jail sentence... loi Toubon... which some of us at the time thought was funny and others among us did not...

Since then, though, Search has improved, the French président has shown up at Le Web, and now there is a new outfit down in Mountain View -- they're also now over on the rue de l'Opéra plus a few other locations worldwide -- which not only does Search pretty well but they do it pretty well multi-ling-ual-ly... In the remaining meantime, then, entschuldigen Sie bitte.


Jack Kessler,






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