Lauren Collins, The New Yorker

Lauren Collins

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Past articles by Lauren:

French Parents Don’t Know What They’re Doing, Either

An ongoing debate in France complicates the notion that there is an overarching secret to raising kids à la française. → Read More

Owen Wilson, Art Monster

On a museum-hopping day in Paris, the star of “Paint” makes it clear that he knows his Picassos. → Read More

The Other Blockbuster Royals Memoir

Lauren Collins on “Spare” and Wallis Simpson’s “The Heart Has Its Reasons,” in which she details her relationship with the Duke of Windsor and his abdication. → Read More

The Right Not to Be Fun at Work

In a win for workplace dignity, a French high court recently decreed that businesses cannot force their employees to participate in supposedly enjoyable activities. → Read More

How Kevins Got a Bad Rap in France

Lauren Collins writes about the name Kevin and how, in France, it has become stereotyped and symbolic of Americanization and tackiness—causing those called Kevin to be mocked, shunned, bullied, and even discriminated against. → Read More

The Complicated Life of the Abortion Pill

Lauren Collins writes about the history of the abortion pill; its inventor, Étienne-Émile Baulieu; and the history of reproductive justice in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. → Read More

Life After “Call My Agent!”

Fanny Herrero, a rare French showrunneuse, talks “Standing Up,” her Netflix follow-up show about striving standup comedians in Paris. “Emily in Paris” it’s not. → Read More

Valérie Lemercier’s Céline Dion Kinda-Bio-Pic

The writer, director, and star of “Aline,” about a familiar-seeming Quebecois power balladeer, discusses criticism from some of Dion’s relatives (“We come off as a bunch of bums”) and playing Aline at every point in her life, starting as a five-year-old. → Read More

Translating the French Election for the Freedom-Fry Audience

Gilles Paris references “Emily in Paris” and considers Maureen Dowd an inspiration for his daily dispatches in Le Monde’s first-ever English-language column, aimed at American readers. → Read More

The Hidden Mothers of Family Photos

Lauren Collins writes about the recent conversation emerging in the French press about the representation of mothers in family photographs, and how the “hidden mother” has been a phenomenon through history, with mothers from the Victorian era, acting as props for their children, to now. → Read More

A Son Sends Josephine Baker to the Panthéon

Brian Bouillon-Baker—one of the twelve children of the St. Louis-born entertainer, French Resistance fighter, and destroyer of stereotypes—visits France’s hall of “great men” for the induction of his Maman, the first woman of color to be so honored. → Read More

Searching for the Descendants of Racial Terrorism

In 1898, white supremacists in Wilmington, North Carolina, staged a coup and murdered dozens of Black residents. More than a century later, a team of volunteers tries to track down every living relative of the victims. → Read More

Camille Cottin Always Feels Like a Beginner

The French actress, known for “Call My Agent!,” “Killing Eve,” and “Connasse,” co-habits with “fucking Matt Damon” in the Trump-inflected Cannes hit “Stillwater.” → Read More

The Unlikely Rise of the French Tacos

How an upstart fast food became essential dining in the home of haute cuisine. → Read More

How a Personal-Photo Curator Separates the Is-This-a-Rash Selfies from the Keepers

A family of four generates five thousand photos a year. Isabelle Dervaux, a professional photo organizer, makes it manageable: “I’m looking for what Roland Barthes called a ‘punctum.’ ” → Read More

A Parisian Writes Her Revenge

Vanessa Springora was fourteen when the distinguished writer Gabriel Matzneff took her as his mistress. Decades later, she has published “Consent,” a memoir about his “triple predation—sexual, literary, and psychic.” → Read More

The Haitian Revolution and the Hole in French High-School History

The revolution, led by the formerly enslaved Toussaint Louverture, effectively forced France to abolish slavery. Yet many French high-school students learn nothing about this chapter of their history. → Read More

Stop Doomscrolling and Play a Board Game About Class Warfare

The creators of Kapital!, a hit French board game about social class, attribute its success to “being perfectly in tune with the political moment,” Lauren Collins writes. → Read More

The Anguish and Solidarity of Paris Under Lockdown

In places like Paris, which have privileged the I.R.L. over the URL, might this withdrawal from public life amount to a forced taste of something dangerous? → Read More

Jessica Simpson’s Mesmerizing Memoir of Recovery and X-ennial Fame

Lauren Collins on the pop star turned fashion mogul Jessica Simpson and her new memoir, “Open Book,” a mesmerizing account of her life, relationships, and struggles with substance abuse. → Read More