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About Joe Start
After graduating with a journalism degree, Joe Start jumped over to the advertising and marketing side of communications. His day job has been selling media and technology in the US and Europe for more than a dozen years, lately with startups. Tragicomedy travel memoir French License is his return to writing, with his first book.
His second book, The Chairfather, was released in 2018. The book is an irreverent series of brief encounters over lunch with 50 departed divas decomposing at the cemetery of Père Lachaise. Candid photos. Spicy interviews. Luminaries who haven’t spoken for hundreds of years. You’ll never believe what they say!
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There are impossible situations, 'only in France' characters and cautionary tales from the bumbling of an average Joe. Read until the end to see if he beat the odds and made it or not.
It's an easy, entertaining and quick read. Although it's not a how-to, you'll be informed with many surprising bits that even most locals don't know. Many facts are published here for the first time in English. The author intertwines facts & figures inside 40 comical stories. Chapters may be read as standalone tales, or as a chronology of mishaps on the road to the pink permit prize.
This book would appeal to anyone with a sense of black humor, an interest in cross-cultural relations, French culture, or a wonder for what happens when a naïve soul rides into the intersection of technology, globalization, tradition and local government.
Today's celebrities won't give you the time of day. Yesterday's stars are much more accommodating.
Your intrepid reporter visited 50 prostrate personalities over lunch. Let me be your guide to our reservations at the most exclusive hideaway: Père Lachaise cemetery.
Call me The Chairfather. This writer specializes in one-way interviews, and capturing the intimate moments of subjects unaware of my camera eye. In this book, I take you supping with the sleeping stars. Lunching with the late litterati. Gnoshing with the gone glitterati. Honestly, they have no choice in the matter.
See candid photos and read spicy transcripts from our exchanges. Some of these luminaries haven’t spoken for hundreds of years. You’ll never believe what they say, and what I have to say about them.
These pages reveal fascinating facts, scandalous stories and gossip. Posterity has never been so present. The passed have never been more alive!
Mysteries are uncovered, like which piece from composer Chopin is missing? How did they sneak in Edith Piaf clandestinely? What did Abélard lose by loving Héloïse? Which vegetable did I eat with Parmentier? OK, you could probably guess that last one.
Book your own lunch date with the fallen famous NOW. Or later. Really, it doesn't matter. Their agendas are quite open.
This is a companion photo book to The Chairfather tours on VoiceMap. Here’s who we’ll meet: Oscar Wilde, Gertrude Stein, Alice B Toklas, Amadeo Modigliani, Edith Piaf, Henri Salvador, Beaumarchais, Anna de Noailles, the Carton family, Quintin Craufurd, Victor Noir, Sarah Bernhardt, Yves Montand, Simone Signoret, Isadora Duncan, Stéphane Grappelli, Camille Corot, Molière, Jean de La Fontaine, Antoine Parmentier, Jean Anthelme Brillat de Savarin, the Tissandier family, Ferdinand de Lesseps, Jim Morrison, Héloïse and Abélard, Camille Pissarro, Frédéric Chopin, Claude Chabrol, Marcel Marceau, Jacques-Louis David, Félix Faure, Georges Eugène Haussmann, Gioachino Rossini, Colette, Jean-Charles Alphand, Georges Seurat, Georges Méliès, Georges Bizet, Gustave Caillebotte, Honoré de Balzac, Eugène Delacroix, Fulgence Bienvenüe, Marcel Proust, Allan Kardec, a Dragon and some guy called Félix de Beaujour.
Print version has five bonus babies: Ettore Bugatti, Joseph Hugo (father of Victor), Michel Petrucciani, Luigi Cherubini and Louis Visconti.