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Beth Arnold
A JOURNALIST AND award-winning writer who for a decade (2002-2012) made her home in France, Beth Arnold has written for such print venues as Rolling Stone, GQ, InStyle, Self, American Way, Premiere, and Mirabella.

Online, besides her regular blogging for The Huffington Post and for (where she published her acclaimed “Letter From Paris”-branded column and podcasts), she has also written for,, and Marco Polo Quarterly, among others. Her prime journalistic topics are culture, travel, politics, and people. 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.

In 2011, Arnold was named one of Tripbase’s “100 Favourite Travel Writers,” and her “Letter From Paris” was one of their Top 10 Paris Blogs of 2011. She was also named among Go Overseas’ “Top Blogs France” and an “Editors’ Pick” by Travel Onion.

The Exile having now Returned to the U.S., Arnold has characteristically plunged into the new entrepreneurial culture with a Web start-up called CherryPic’d, which is expected to launch in winter 2014. She is also preparing two books for publication—28 days without the internet, recounting her self-imposed rehab on the Greek island of Naxos, free from the Force that had fried her brain; and Jours of Our Lives, her version of the trip through France recounted by her husband, James Morgan, in his 2005 book Chasing Matisse.

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Entries by Beth Arnold

I'd Rather Ride A Mexican Bus Than An American Airline

(13) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 11:09 AM

IT WAS A perfect travel day, with crystal blue skies and white puffy clouds floating above us. My husband, Jim, and I, along with our friend Patti, were headed from Mexico City, where we'd been basking in the artistic legacy of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera,...

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The De-evolution of Arkansas

(175) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 11:40 AM

I am a native Arkansan, a child who was proudly raised in a yellow-dog-Democrat household -- Southern-speak for someone who would rather vote for a yellow dog than for a Republican. When I was growing up, the South was full of people like us. Arkansas was covered up...

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Wise Women Who Change The World

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 12:45 AM

I WAS STANDING by the fire, ringed by smooth gray and golden stones, with smoke of sage and cedar floating into the New Mexican sky. The air was fragrant.

One of the Beautiful Mesas at Ghost Ranch

New Mexico is painted with...

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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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