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Beth Arnold
Beth Arnold is a journalist and award-winning writer, an exile who has returned to the U.S. after 10 years of living in France (mostly Paris). She has written extensively online and off for such venues as Rolling Stone, GQ, InStyle, Self, American Way, Premiere, Mirabella, The Huffington Post (where she produced the “Letter From Paris” branded column and podcasts),, BuzzFlash, and Her prime journalistic topics are culture, politics, people, and travel.

Arnold has been interviewed on Air America, and her online commentary has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, The Hotline, Der Spiegel, BuzzFlash, The Satirical Political Report, Daily Kos, AlterNet, Democratic Underground, PoynterOnline, and USA Today Online. She has written screenplays and books.

In the fall of 2011 (and due to spending WAY too much time online), she spent 28 days without the internet in Naxos, Greece, and wrote a book about it. Her agent is currently shopping that as well as her Johnny Depp-ish quirky literary novel called Innocent Lanier.

Arnold loves tech, gadgets, apps, new media--and ironically, with her movement for each of us to spend some time away from our screens, has returned to the U.S. to become an entrepreneur. Along with her two fabulous daughters, she is a founder of an internet start-up called CherryPic'd. Coming soon!

You can connect with Beth Arnold and read her work, both journalistic and creative, by clicking on the following sites:

Facebook: BethArnold.Writer
Twitter: @BethArnold
And Twitter: @ExilesReturn
LinkedIn: Beth Arnold

To get more scoop on her move to France, go to:

And, for those who want a little more info:

In a previous life, Beth Arnold earned a Master of Social Work (MSW) and was a therapist in a community mental health center as well as a consultant. Democratic politics were an essential part of her childhood home training and family life. She received more of her political education on Capitol Hill--where she worked for the late Arkansas Senator John McClellan during Watergate--and from her uncle, who was a powerful Washington lobbyist.

Arnold was a finalist for a Bunting Fellowship at Radcliffe (for a novel) and a semi-finalist for a Nicholl Fellowship (screenplay) through the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She produced the website for her husband’s book Chasing Matisse, for which she was an early blogger recording her point of view of their journey across France chasing art, artists, a creative life, and a fresh way to see the world.

Entries by Beth Arnold

Exile's Return to American Health Care

(37) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 9:11 PM

A YEAR AND A HALF AGO, my husband, James Morgan, and I moved back to the U.S. after living 10 years in France. We returned more or less kicking and screaming. We had been away long enough to lose some of our American culture and to prefer the...

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Letter From Paris: 28 Days (Without the Internet)

(39) Comments | Posted September 16, 2011 | 9:45 AM

When I think of the flap copy for the book I'm about to go off to write, these are the first words that come to my mind:

"If Elizabeth Gilbert had sought solace from Internet addiction instead of from a crushing divorce, this is the book she might've written. Beth...
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Letter From Paris: Books on Paris and the French

(1) Comments | Posted August 1, 2011 | 10:57 AM

I happen to be reading Malcolm Cowley's book Exile's Return: A Literary Odyssey of the 1920s. This book was first published in the U.S. in 1934, then revised and expanded in 1951, and has been republished regularly since then. What is the allure? Why do generations of Americans...

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Letter From Paris: The Other Side of Midnight in Paris

(3) Comments | Posted June 10, 2011 | 3:05 PM

AUDIENCES AND REVIEWERS are falling all over themselves to praise Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen's latest offering that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last month. In it, successful hack Hollywood screenwriter Gil (Owen Wilson) and his fiancée, Inez (Rachel McAdams), have come to Paris with her stuffy Republican parents...

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Letter From Paris: The Face of Dominique Strauss-Kahn

(4) Comments | Posted May 25, 2011 | 3:26 PM

When the bomb dropped about the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, all of Paris was abuzz.


The dust settled, and the French elite came out swinging for their compatriot. In The Daily Beast, Bernard-Henri Lévy wrote:

... And what I know even more...
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Letter From Paris: Air France Flight 447

(2) Comments | Posted May 16, 2011 | 9:57 AM

A couple of days ago, the Lone Wolf and I were taking one of our strolls through the Cimetière du Père-Lachaise, which is an endlessly fascinating park to us. For those who don't know: Père-Lachaise is the largest cemetery in Paris at 118.6 acres and is said to...

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Letter from Paris presents...Paris Fashion Report

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2011 | 6:24 AM

From Beth Arnold: While designer John Galliano spat the latest Paris Fashion Week into history, it is not only appropriate but necessary to pose the question Letter From Paris fashion reporter Philippe Perisse de Montchenu has brilliantly asked in the essay below: What is...

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Letter From Paris: The New Les Halles

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2011 | 6:42 AM

I am a lover of Les Halles, the area in the center of Paris that from the 12th century until the 1970's was devoted to the selling of food -- the central market -- that was a cornucopia of fresh goods that arrived in Paris from the fields...

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Letter From Paris: Designing Women

(2) Comments | Posted February 28, 2011 | 9:16 AM

"Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn." -- Gore Vidal

WORDS TO LIVE by -- and even more important when one lives in a foreign land. Think of Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation. Sooner or later every expatriate...

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Letter From Paris: Chocolate and Jacques Genin

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2011 | 8:59 AM

When The Cheese Princess and her sister, The Chocoholic, were in Paris for two weeks over Christmas, I knew that we needed to do some serious degusting of the great and powerful ambrosia of the cacao, the food of the gods. Oh, the paste from the seeds of...

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Letter From Paris: Graffiti No. 2

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2011 | 1:05 PM

What do we see when we open our eyes and mind?

Last fall, when my Lone Wolf husband and I moved from the stunning Place des Victoires to the 20th Arrondissement of Paris, it took us some time to adjust. We had been surrounded by the fairy tale...

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Letter From Paris: Learning to See Like Matisse

(6) Comments | Posted January 21, 2011 | 4:33 AM

Every expatriate has a story of how and why he left his home and came to live in a foreign land. These accounts may be tales of romance. They may thrill or entertain. The expat may never have meant to stay, but somehow new roots burrowed into foreign soil.

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Letter From Paris: A Very Joyeux Christmas

(2) Comments | Posted December 24, 2010 | 5:46 AM

Christmas Eve is finally here, and what have I brought to you from Paris?

I come bearing the star of our brilliant tree Bébé-Marie, the Christmas Monkey.


Photo by Beth Arnold

Every year Bébé-Marie crawls out of your liquor cabinet...

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Letter From Paris: Designing Students In Georgia (PHOTOS)

(8) Comments | Posted December 20, 2010 | 3:51 PM

On our recent visit to the Republic of Georgia and its second ever Fashion Week, the Lone Wolf and I were also introduced to Georgian art. There is nothing I like better than to experience the culture of a new territory by looking through the eyes...

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Jours of Our Lives: 1) The Bumpy Landing

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2010 | 8:36 AM

Illustration by Elizabeth Cannon

Part of an ongoing series about uprooting our lives in America and moving to France. For what's happened before, see previous Jours of Our Lives entries here.

December 8-10, 2002

IT STARTED WHEN we checked into...

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Letter From Paris: Three Wise Books

(8) Comments | Posted December 6, 2010 | 8:06 AM

The holiday season is upon us, which means our yearly eating, drinking, partying, shopping, spending blow-out has begun! I have to admit that I love Christmas. My parents, Bill and Bobbye Arnold, didn't give us every single thing we wanted all year round, but, yeah, baby, at Christmas, they loaded...

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Jours of Our Lives: Introduction

(2) Comments | Posted December 1, 2010 | 7:50 AM

Illustration by Elizabeth Cannon

I HAD DREAMED of Europe, and of my living there, since I was 19 years old, the age at which I first saw it, felt it, loved it -- even though I was on a, gasp, tour with lots...

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Letter From Paris: The Skulls of Yahel Chirinian

(2) Comments | Posted November 26, 2010 | 8:32 AM

Fall yields a great season of art in Paris, this year being no exception. With exhibits like "The Treasure of the Medicis" at the Musée Maillol, the monumental "Monet" at the Grand Palais, "Arman" at the Centre Pompidou (how the French love the late...

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Letter From Paris: "The Talent of His Generation"

(4) Comments | Posted November 19, 2010 | 11:43 AM

On the 20th of November it will be 20 years since my brother Brent died, and my heart cracked open and bled away. The life leaked out of me as he took his last breath. It was after a few hours during which Brent struggled to live -- or was...

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Letter From Paris: (Republic of) Georgia Fashion Week

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2010 | 11:34 AM

After the catwalks of Milan and Paris, Fashion Week in Tbilisi? As curious as it may sound, the answer is yes. It was a whirlwind of Georgian feasts, tours of the beautiful and textured city, museums with historic icons covered in jewels, parties galore, and show after show...

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