The Last Picture Show

Occasional updates from writer Rosecrans Baldwin.

Rosecrans is the author of Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down (GQ's Best Books of 2012) and You Lost Me There (New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice; NPR's Best Books of 2010). His next novel is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Rosecrans's essays appear in a variety of magazines, including GQ, Men's Journal, and the Oxford American.

He and his wife Rachel Knowles live in Los Angeles.

My questions dealt largely with the broader mood. But I also asked people to name a single living French artist – 78% of respondents could not; those who did inevitably named someone dead – or to identify on whose side France fought during the American revolutionary war. In response to that question, 66% got it right, 20% had it wrong, and about 10 people asked me which American revolution I was referring to. But only once, in dozens of interviews across 11 states, did someone mention cheese and/or primates. (via US-France relations: cheeseburgers still go well with French fries |

May 21, 2012