Foreign correspondent, Emmanuelle Richard contributes to French daily Liberation, Swiss public radio and French Vogue. She blogs, she’s clever and has that effortless French chic but a wicked sense of humor about the world, showbiz and Los Angeles. We’re overjoyed she answered our questions.(And a word to all future 20 Questioners–she sent us all the URLs, saving us hours of valuable time.)
1. What newspapers do you read?
The New York Post, first thing in the morning since they started delivering in L.A. a few years ago. I wish I could say the LA Times (where her busband works), but I love too much starting the day laughing out loud or shouting: “Good Lord!” You have a sense that the people there have a blast hunting for stories, producing the pages and coming up with insane headlines. And you grow so fond of the gallery of characters, apart from the many unpleasant anti-European columnists. Then I grab the LA Times, starting with the Opinion section. I also check the website of the national daily paper I work for in France, the left-leaning Liberation.
2. Which ones do you move your lips to while reading?
You mean, when you silently mutter WTF? More often than not, the LAT, especially when they feel the need to rephrase a paragraph three times in one story that could easily be 30% shorter. To be fair, my hometown paper also induces a lot of silent “WOW”s, and I often end up defending it in conversations in LA. where trashing the LAT seems like a requisite sport. Coming from France where investigative journalism is as foreign as tofu, I feel very lucky to have the LAT.