Elmore Leonard was a very cinematic writer, yet why are most adaptations of his work so bad? Christopher Orr explores what he calls the “Elmore Leonard paradox” in The Atlantic. “Most of the early adaptations of Leonard’s crime work missed his light authorial touch, opting instead for somber noir.” Pair with: Our own Bill Morris’s essay on why Leonard was such a good writer.



Where we’ve been: Rodin Museum, Paris

The flow of people can be overwhelming, the sights are plentiful, a day can become crowded with expected accomplishments…this is a day in the life of a tourist in Paris. For the average visitor to the City of Lights who has 2 to 3 days to soak in thousands of years of sights, the Rodin Museum may not make the list. For me, that is just fine.

The Rodin Museum is both an enticing museum and one of the city’s most alluring green spots, with its lovely garden dotted with sculptures and shade trees. Opened in 1919 in the private mansion where Auguste Rodin assembled his sculptures, this museum concentrates on the body of work of one of France’s most beloved artists. As you stroll through the garden, you’ll spot familiar favorites, like “The Thinker” and “The Burghers of Calais,” as well as lesser-known works and some from other sculptors. 

Thirsty or peckish? Take a break at the cafe in the gardens. The charming cafe features hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and pastries, and it’s open late (along with the museum) on Wednesday nights. Or you can relax in the wooden lounge chairs at the end of the garden, where the bustle of Paris seems miles away.