The Last Picture Show

Occasional updates from writer Rosecrans Baldwin.

Rosecrans is the author of You Lost Me There (New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice; NPR's Best Books of 2010) and Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down (GQ's Best Books of 2012). 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 talks about books on the radio for NPR's All Things Considered.

He and his wife live in Los Angeles, California.

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