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Number 26. But what are the young people thinking ? This is the big question at the moment. Having said that, from the sixties generation to today’s Gen Y, the question hasn’t changed! And to find out the answer, there is the sociological method or the film maker’s method. We propose that you explore both. Even if we would have preferred to start at the beginning: what is a young person (un jeune) today ? A post-adolescent or a troublemaker? Shouldn’t we examine how the term is used now ? Next issue, October 16th.

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  • 26- News qui court 02

    Un titre niché par Select My Sound pour l'Acharnœur. In Decay de Phedre, sorti en toute discretion l'an dernier, va certainement faire un joli carton prochainement. Alors on découvre ça sans attendre! C'est déjanté à souhait, festif, pop… Parfait! Écouter In Decay de Phedre

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  • 26- Respect

    Source : flipperfrance.com

PINBALL WIZARD !

It was in the dirtiest spot near the bar. The noisiest too. But it was a pinball machine. Symbol of a living world, far from the antiseptic ambience of most cafés today. A slice of magic that we let them unplug. A bit of our culture and our heritage too.

The pinball machine was like an old zinc-covered bar. It welcomed its regulars or passing strangers. You could go alone or with friends. And whether you were a beginner or an experienced player, it didn’t matter, it took everyone. It was quite rock and roll too. The rebellious side that it brought out in us when we had to give it a little shake to hold on to the ball. And when we screamed. Which really annoyed the other punters who showed their displeasure on their faces without ever having the nerve to complain. It was ultra-pop. An electronic table with such improbable colours and design, the unexpected flashes of light hammering out the flippers and dings to announce defeat or victory… Sometimes it sported the effigy of our hero from the big or small screen. We played with Indiana Jones or Charlie’s Angels… Unforgettable.

All the same, pinball remains a game of strategy. A play field with ramps, arcades, bumpers and flippers to score points with the ball… The initiated became obsessives who knew how to play a certain machine to get the jackpot. But the pinball machine didn’t give in easily. One hit too hard to stop the ball from falling down the slope and it felt it. The whole machine switched off and the cheat lost the game. 

For a little background info, the pinball machine was invented in France in 1777 in the court of Louis XVI. It was then a table game called the Bagatelle ! Something to get our national pride going… Unfortunately the pinball machine is losing ground, up against other video games and in the era of the “Lounge” with its pseudo-chic and calm ambience. It is so much better with everyone on their own computer or smartphone… So, no regrets?

Marie Veyrier

• Magic pinball, Monopoly  or Family Adams version
• So if you feel like joining the resistance and experiencing the simple pleasures of pinball, here is a website that lists all the cafés in France where you can still find them : geoflipper.fr

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  • 26- Beurk

    "Clichés". Installation © Marion Servant

WHAT’S WITH THE QUESTIONS?

It would make our day to put some of the clichés about gen Y to bed. But words need to be chosen carefully, presented in the right order and taking a longer view is recommended.
We accuse the survey launched by France Télévisions "Génération quoi?" on the 18-34 age-group. The subject is asked to answer 143 questions online on politics, religion, sexuality and happiness…

But from the outset something doesn’t feel right. The question "Have you ever gotten drunk with your parents?" is a little much. Why not simply ask "Have you ever had a drink with your parents?" or even "Avez-vous…", as just because they are under twenty five doesn’t mean automatic "tutoiement”. Further on there is this one, even more underhand: "Could you be happy without believing in God?" So believing in God is a given? 
Then there are the basic comprehension issues. "Could you be happy without using contraception?" Would we be happy if AIDS didn’t exist? Well, yes. Are contraceptives a barrier to happiness? Well, no. They are a source of freedom. But why this question? Are we going backward? 

"In a time of high unemployment, jobs should be reserved for men." Here the syntax isn’t the problem, but the question. While admitting that it is an interesting one, it cannot be answered with a simple yes or no. Just like "If war broke out, would you be prepared to fight for your country?". In what circumstances? An intervention in Syria or a ground war? If most answer yes, will the conclusion be that young people are too nationalist? If most answer no, are they unaware? Can these choices really be interpreted without explanation? Do these closed question really help to build a portrait of a generation that already feels it is victim to generalisation? "In life, either you fuck or you get fucked". Talk about a cliché. It is time to drop this image of the vulgar and neglectful youth who need to be spoken to "in their own language". 

"There are too many old people: agree/don’t agree" Do you mean my grandparents? My parents? At this stage young people have left their illusions far behind them. This survey leaves them speechless. And with all of these ambiguities, how will it be interpreted? So as to satisfy existing prejudices… Or to learn nothing about nothing? Seeing as they don’t get to speak for themselves. 

Chloé Danglard

• What is Generation Y

 
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SIDE EFFECT

SMR. Service Médical Rendu. (Medical Service Rendered) These are the initials and the title of a plan from the Minister for Health that would oblige laboratories to stamp a code on every box of reimbursable medicine that evaluates its effectiveness. They would go from “major” to “weak” through “important” and “insufficient”. The idea still has to be approved by the Élysée and then go to a vote in parliament. But it is already expected to pass into law in the New Year.

It may seem like a strange law to some: how can a medicine that is reimbursable have been officially passed while at the same time being considered to be only “slightly” effective? Why not just put “rubbish”? There is sure to be a debate about certain products. Didn’t we just see a ninety-year old claim in «le Parisien» that Prozac had saved his life?

But it is a law that could be extended to other forms of packaging. Like video games for example. Imagine, the code could go from “extremely violent” to “entertaining” via “brutal” or “stressful”. As for GTA V, the most recent version, the classification needs to be taken up a notch. How about “dangerous” or “traumatic” given that it is a block of ultra-violence resulting in a traumas that need then to be treated, in certain users – it is normally recommended for over 18s only -, with psychological supervision and pills. This time marked «Service Mental Rendu».
SMR…

Maurice Achard

 

floraison
Un livre, un film, une musique... quelques années, décennies ou siècles plus tard.
Quand la culture n’en finit pas de fleurir.
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    Candy Clark and Charles Martin Smith in "American Graffiti"

WAKING UP FROM THE AMERICAN DREAM

“American graffiti” is a film that must be considered with two dates in mind. 1962, the year the film is set. Four friends in California spend one last night together before leaving the next day for college for some. They let it all go one more time, encouraged and accompanied by the local radio DJ, Wolfman Jack who also passes on messages. They drive around in beautiful chromed cars, challenging one another noisily, flirting, drinking, dancing, crying too, and of course getting into trouble with the cops yet again. The whole thing wrapped up in the musical omnipresence of fifties rock and roll, their music that will remain in their heads forever. From Bill Haley to the Platters with “Only you”… via Buddy Holly. The Beatles were just around the corner, so were the Rolling Stones. A new generation was about to take up the torch.

1973. The year “American Graffiti” came out, directed by George Lucas. He pays homage to his youth by reconstructing it impeccably, opening up a box of memories that was instrumental in the “retro” fashion that appeared at the same time. Lucas turned the page and as rock and roll went first intellectual, then political with May 68, he got ready to launch into the amazing adventure that was to be Star Wars, as if he had understood, like a visionary, that the revolution would not be ideological but technical. So “American Graffiti” was a turning point, essential viewing, that depicts a carefree American dream, the joyous insouciance of rock and roll that had nothing to do with the existential and anxiety-ridden music that was to follow.

“American Graffiti” couldn’t be seen with those eyes at the time. Only Lucas knew what would happen next, that the dream was elsewhere.

Maurice Achard

• See the trailer

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GARDE ROBE

“In vino veritas"? Perhaps. It is also said that to drink from someone else’s glass reveals what they are thinking. In any case, Philippe Lelièvre has not emptied his glass and proposes an unusual tour in "Garde-robe". Beyond the reflections, an upside down world shines…

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    Photo © Odile Berthemy

Muscat the peacemaker

Fruit picking or grape harvesting? On the table or in the barrel? 
Each autumn, grapes appear in the news. Unfortunately, in September, the news is often given over to terrorist attacks. 
In the violent and intolerable climate that we are experiencing again this year, the choice of Muscat seems peacefully correct. 

This is because, black or white, the Muscat grape is not racist. Whether it is pale yellow or bluey black, it always has a slightly musky sweet taste, from whence it gets its name. More surprisingly, the Muscat grape symbolises rebirth after death in the poem by Louis Aragon, “La Rose et le Réséda”, an homage to the resistants killed during the Second World War:

“Et leur sang rouge ruisselle […] 
Il coule, il coule il se mêle
A la terre qu’il aima
Pour qu’à la saison nouvelle
Mûrisse un raisin muscat”. 
(“And their red blood streams […]
It flows, it flows and mixes
With the earth it loved
So that in the new season
The Muscat grape will ripen”.)

So let’s let the vines and their leaves grow with their changing colours, like the writer Colette in her Saint-Tropez home called “La Treille muscate”. It is a strong vine, easy to plant and even to grow up a wall – or a balcony!

The Muscat of Alexandria is the white grape with fleshy fruit (better known as raisins) and the black grape is the Hamburg, very common in France and Greece, but also in Romania. In the Vaucluse region, the “Muscat du Ventoux” is well known and full of taste, the nec (tar) plus ultra. The growers are proud of their crop and give tours in carriages in the summer months. 

The grape on the cake, the Muscat production for wine is mostly used for sweet wines, enjoyed as aperitifs, like frontignan and its twisty bottle (according to the legend, Heracles was in such a hurry to drink that he twisted it), or Spain’s Moscatel and Sicily’s Moscato…

The “musky” taste comes from natural substances whose molecules that often appear in perfume making. They are also used in sweet-making, as a Japanese brand of light sweets, ultra-kawaï, have brought out a “Muscat grape” flavour.
Proof that this generous fruit – whose seeds are not counted - sweetens the world.

Elido
 

OUT OF TUNE

Things are out of tune between television and music. The problem isn’t so much that the tune is off, there is hardly any tune at all. Neither camp seem to be able to agree on the scale of programming… And the CSA has just reprimanded the big terrestrial channels, both public and private. The basic gist was: do something, “innovate”, so that music gets some real primetime coverage and not in impossibly late time slots. No doubt an allusion to the disappearance of “Taratata” from France Télévisions last spring.

The warning itself is praiseworthy and we would be all for it if only the “light entertainment” genre hadn’t become totally obsolete since the segmentation of viewers with the increase in means of access. It is striking to realise to what extent the big TV “soirées”, or what’s left of them, still rely on the repertoire of older generations, from a time when these big shows still worked: from the annual ”Enfoirés” charity concert to “The Voice”, via the Laurent Gerra show and his real guests (not just the ones he imitates) or the pathetic “Hier encore” co-presented by an entitled-looking Charles Aznavour. Even Michel Drucker was incapable of reinventing a version of ”Champs-Élysées” aimed at today’s artists. The formula backfired, the entertainment is not very entertaining…

Nagui seems to have understood what’s happening as he’s re-launching “Taratata” online on October 18th at 20h (Mytaratata.com), a weekly 26 minute show that will be broadcast the following Monday by RTL2 then RTL2.fr and TV 5 Monde. He’s already signed up Ayo, James Blunt, Thomas Fersen… A slightly varied menu as Nagui, as usual is the only one who knows when to change the record…

M.A.

 

L'Avenue
LA BOUTIQUE EN LIGNE DE L'ACHARNŒUR.
Pour en savoir plus sur les pièces uniques ou
en édition limitée, cliquez sur les différentes vitrines!

Uni&Vintage -198€

Behind Uni&Vintage is the eye and imagination of one Christine Ekodo-Delaunay. So, what is her USP? She cuts up vintage clothes, scarves and fabrics, puts them together if needed with a specially dyed satin to help the fabrics blend and makes an entirely new piece. Skirts, shirts, trousers, tunics: the Uni&Vintage line proposes exclusive cuts that fall differently according to colours and prints. As a result, each design is unique and numbered as part of a broader collection.

 

 A UNI&VINTAGE DESIGN ONLY FOR L’ACHARNŒUR

A vintage Lanvin headscarf, satin dyed in verdigris, a « kimono » cut, together form the skirt specially made for l’Acharnœur. The multitude of colours blend delicately as the bands superimpose with modernity. The inner belt is adaptable so the skirt falls perfectly on everyone regardless of size. The outer belt dresses the entire waist for an ultra-refined effect. This piece is number 1045 of the Uni&Vintage brand.

 

One-off piece. Price: 298€ taxes inclued

Uni&Vintage silk and satin skirt. Piece number 1045.

Caractéristiques produit

- Front and outer belt: vintage Lanvin headscarf 100 % silk 
- Back and inner bands: 66% satin and 33% cotton 
- Kimono belt
- Size 2

Let It Be Men - 54€

Created by two jewellery fans (including the ex-founder of Mercerie Moderne), Let It Be is a Parisian brand that is still quite low key. The charm lies in a collection of cheeky, sometimes ecumenical pieces but are not worn just as symbols. On the contrary: Let It Be is aimed at the liberated men or women who have decided to be themselves, instead of defining herself relative to others… Who wear Let It Be lay claim to nothing, except beauty!

 

THE LET IT BE SELECTION
FOR L’ACHARNŒUR

 

This bracelet is a key piece in the collection. It is made from leather and white magnetic metal, it is both male and chic, elegant and rock and roll. Perfect alliance between sobriety and confirmed style. A stand-out piece sold exclusively on l’Acharnœur.

 

Price: 54€ 

Caractéristiques produit

- Leather bracelet with "piqûre selleir"
- Magnetic clasp in silvered Zamac 
- Sizes available: 20cm or 22cm (made-to-measure on request)

Let It Be - 63€

Created by two jewellery fans (including the ex-founder of Mercerie Moderne), Let It Be is a Parisian brand that is still quite low key. The charm lies in a collection of cheeky, sometimes ecumenical pieces but are not worn just as symbols. On the contrary: Let It Be is aimed at the liberated men or women who have decided to be themselves, instead of defining herself relative to others… Who wear Let It Be lay claim to nothing, except beauty!

 

THE LET IT BE SELECTION
FOR L’ACHARNŒUR

 

This bracelet is a key piece in the collection. It is made from soft leather and white metal, it is both chic and gothic, ultra-precious and rock and roll. The clasp dresses the wrist with a refinement and originality that attracts all women, regardless of their age or style. A stand-out piece sold exclusively on l’Acharnœur and also available without the skull.

 

Price: 63€ with skull.
58€ without skull.

Without skull item or with a bow also avalaible.

Caractéristiques produit

- Leather bracelet
- Bracelet chain in plate silver
- Skull clasp in stainless Zamac 
- Sizes available: 32cm, 34 or 36cm (made-to-measure on request)

Lord SM - 180€

Lord SM was set up in 2009, and making luxury from vintage is something they know. It all began with the designer reworking morning suits to make them more « Rock Couture ». Slowly but surely she let her inspiration develop with scarves, bags, leather jackets, tunics, dresses… The terms « Union Jack » or « Mini Jack » are used for the scarves only she knows the secret to. Her « Ring of Fire » scarves are the stuff dreams are made of and we have a total crush on her fringed bags. Her pieces already have a cult following and her Spring/Summer 2013 collection was presented at Tranoï. The world is Lord SM’s oyster.

 

L’ACHARNŒUR CHOOSES

A Mini-Jack in vintage fabric and noble materials. Silk, cotton voile, silk velvet and leather all blended in a unique patchwork. The cut is the result of hours of work, stitching and imagination, which makes it adaptable to all shapes. The model is unisex and universal. 100% made in Paris, 100% Lord SM. New pieces available in the same shades.

 

One-off piece. Price: 180 € taxes inclued

Mini-Jack unisexe Lord SM.

Caractéristiques produit

- Silk, cotton voile, silk velvet, leather, cotton patchwork…
- 60x60 cm
- Folded in a triangle

Aline Lang - 80€

Aline Lang is a photographer and graphic artist who one day, for fun, drew a bracelet watch like a piece of film. A designer at Cartier, Omega, liked it and oriented her into watch face design. Her first watch was for the bicentenary of the French revolution. Since then she has designed over forty watches, including one for the Bibliothèque nationale. Her rare and unusual creations are born from her inspiration and are produced as limited editions.

 

THE ACHARNŒUR’S SELECTION

 

The Gallops watch. An homage to chronophotography (the decomposition of a movement by a succession of photographs) and to Muybridge’s work that in 1878, proved that the four legs of a horse leave the ground at the same time when the horse gallops. This watch was first made by a big luxury house before being edited by the Musée d’Orsay. Its leather bracelet and particularly flat face makes this version timeless.

 

Limited edition. 10 pieces available.
Price: 80 €.

Gallops Watch

Caractéristiques produit

- Case in chromed brass
- Black leather bracelet 
- Quartz movement
- Made in France, Alsace.

145€

GABRIELLA DE GALZAIN

 

She used to work under the name « Frénétik ». Today Gabriella de Galzain is coming out of hiding and is launching her eponymous brand. She makes baroque, romantic, rock n’ roll jewellery that expresses a bohemian spirit of elegance and freedom, paying homage to the most beautiful icons. Her undeniable talent can be seen in brooches, necklaces, earrings, cuff-links… She counts many stars among her greatest fans and some of her pieces tell the most beautiful stories. 

 

 

 A GABRIELLA DE GALZAIN DESIGN ONLY FOR L’ACHARNŒUR

 

We requested an homage to the Eiffel Tower. Gabriella de Galzain came up with this timeless yet contemporary brooch. The blend of off-whites means it can be worn at all times. Pearls, chains, crystals, ceramic flowers… The codes of elegance and femininity with an essential touch of impertinence. All the audacity of the “Grand Dame” herself.

 

Item made to order. 
Price: 95€ instead of 145€ taxes inclued

«La Parisienne» brooch

Caractéristiques produit

- Resin beading and icons
- Resin flowers, glass cabochon, crystal Swarovski rhinestones
- Base in silver-plated copper
- Silver-plated brass chains
- Icon high : 10cm
- Total high (with chains) : 24 cm 

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Ils nous ont demandé d'en parler.
Comme on a aimé ce qu’ils proposaient, on l’a fait... À notre façon !
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    Photo © Alice Dardun

ART IS IN THE BOX

It was missing… Among the multitude of “Boxes” we get every month in exchange for a subscription promoting products of a certain category (cosmetics, fashion, food, animals…), this was missing. The one that would provide us with astonishing cultural and artistic content. Missing no longer! And it’s already available.

The name is Art Box by Wombat. Who or what is Wombat? Wombat is a team that has been coming up with art and culture-based concepts since 2002. A standout was the Wombat Pack, a sort of “lucky bag” with cultural programmes, cards and gifts, handed out for free at one hundred different locations around Paris…

So the Art Box is a natural follow-on for Wombat based on their “savoir faire”. Each month, the box proposes a different theme illustrated by:
- a limited edition photographic print. The first 200 prints to be sent randomly to subscribers will even be signed by the photographer.
- a portfolio of new illustrations, photographs,  writing…
- a surprise invitation for a night out (concert, exhibition, film, theatre, opera, festival…)
- a large format artwork (50x70cm) printed on recycled paper
- gifts (exhibition catalogues, books, t-shirts, printed bags…)
- a wombat pack

The message in the first Art Box is “Become who you are”. Artists of note such as Théo Gosselin and David LaChapelle are contributing their vision to the project. We also know that other photographers are interested in the concept and institutions like the Jeu de Paume, the Maison Rouge and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris have given their support.

The last point in its favour is the price: 25€ per month with no commitment necessary. And for all those who think the Art Box is for Parisians only, rest assured: some of the invitations may be for events in the capital but the rest is pure pleasure for the eyes and mind. Wherever you are. So don’t wait, sign up now… www.art-box.com

Bianca Alberti

 

Idylle

CORK SCREW

A nice change from the usual versions and can even be used as a toy by the kids... Something to amuse all generations during the aperitif!

9,90€. Available on Cosy Shop

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RESTAURANT - CAVE
Metro Cour Saint-Émilion
Line 14

It’s grape-picking and wine fair season. A chance to savour some of the great harvests. To do so while enjoying some good food, head down to «Chai 33». As under the big dining room there is a huge 250m2 wine cellar… open to everyone! You order your dinner and the sommelier brings you downstairs to choose the wine that will best match your dish. There, you enter one of the capital’s biggest caves, with no less than 300 wines. A convivial and original oenological experience… And should you prefer to stay at your table, the sommelier will be able to advise you just as easily. Perfect!

Chai 33
Bercy Village - 33 Cour Saint Emilion, 75012 Paris
www.chai33.com

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  • 26- Quotichien

    Illsutration © Charlot

FOOT IN MOUTH

I’ll have the risotto, but without rice please”. It’s funny how the French think it’s acceptable to make the craziest requests in restaurants –the one cited above is absolutely true! 
We are renowned for our gastronomy as much as for our tricky characters, and around a table, both are revealed. Are we too sure of our culinary exception or is there a programming fault?

Imagine… While you are enjoying your aperitif, a couple sits down at the next table. But only for a few seconds! After having disturbed everyone to get to the table –shifting chairs, moving bags, etc…– they don’t like the location: too draughty, to close to the toilets, too many waiters passing by… Musical chairs is a common pastime!

Then along comes the menu. The table of five to your left are still examining it in detail. Some appreciate it while others are already worrying about the size of the bill. Hurray for fixed price menus! Of course not counting the picky one who wakes up at the end of the table. The one that wants the set menu but with one of the à la carte options or another side dish… You can see the white hairs growing on the waiter’s head in real time.

The plates arrive at the table across from you and you can already see the grimaces on the clients’ faces. Too sweet, too salty, not cooked enough, tough as a boot, too spicy… 

Having said that, let’s get back to our own table… After three carafes of water, two bread baskets, butter, it is time to settle the bill. And to take out our calculators. And yes, believe it or not, after twenty years, the Muriel Robin bill-paying sketch is still relevant. Let’s be honest… We are unbelievable!

Having dealt with all of our eyebrow-raising requests, the waiter should ask for a Xanax with the tip!

Mégane Seure

 

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Ce que les placards, les murs ou les tiroirs de notre chambre d'adolescent
racontent sur nous aujourd'hui.
  • 26- Junior Suite

    Crossword puzzles, Spirou, 1971

LITTLE BOXES

Spirou, the magazine. Cartoons, jokes but above all: crossword puzzles.
I had a little ritual every week night. I would sit down at my desk but rather than doing my homework I systematically opened my magazine. My enthusiasm was tireless, and my new dictionary became my faithful companion. I had even swapped it for my grandmother’s one whose yellow pages were filled with history. It was a fair trade, hers was too hard to read, and her eyes were getting tired. Once I had started, even the smell of dinner couldn’t drag me away from my puzzle. So the cat took to lying on my desk at seven on the dot. Smiling, I came back to reality. 

Strangely, my schoolwork didn’t have the same effect on me. Leaving behind the excitement of the black and white squares was not a good feeling. The sensation of my brain cells working, looking for different combinations, the perseverance needed, was such a rush. Above all there was the satisfaction – when you write the last letter of the last word -, when everything comes together, like a very complex jigsaw. 

Ironically, later on the dictionary and words were replaced by a calculator and figures: I became an accountant. But I felt the same passion when lining up figures in columns on the big accounts book. When the books balanced perfectly, to the centime, the feeling of joy was immense, the same as when I filled in every blank square on my crossword.

My only regret is the digital age. Now, my computer gets to feel the satisfaction of “all right”. Happily, Sudoku came along, as if it were invented for me. With the blend of squares and figures, I find myself enjoying my favourite pastime with just as much enthusiasm.

Chloé Danglard from an interview with Marylène D.

 

Collaborateurs

  • Directrice de la Publication et de la Rédaction
    Virginie Achard
  • Directrice Artistique
    Perrine Lebas
  • Concepteur web
    Franck Biehler
  • Chroniqueurs
    Maurice Achard, Bianca Alberti, Bruno Lancelot, Elido, Marie Veyrier, Stéphanie Norris
  • Traductrice
    Tresi Murphy

Invités

PHOTOGRAPHE METAPHORE
Philippe Lelièvre

PHOTOGRAPHES ÉDITORIAL
Odile Berthemy, Alice Dardun

ILLUSTRATION
Charlot 

CHRONIQUEURS
Mégane Seure, Chloé Danglard