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Julia Child’s French Vacation Home Is Up For Sale

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It’s hard to think about Julia Child without picturing her idyllic life in France. If you’ve ever dreamed of living—and cooking—like the culinary legend in a cottage in the French countryside, now you can buy a vacation home owned by the woman herself. 

Julia Child’s La Pitchoune—meaning “The Little One” in Provençal—has just hit the open real estate market for the first time. Located on a hillside in the tiny village of Plascassier, the 1614-square-foot cottage is being sold through Sotheby’s International Realty for an asking price of 800,000 euros (about $880,000) according to The New York Times. It was constructed in 1963 to be used as a vacation home for part of each year by Julia and her husband, Paul Cushing Child. 

Though it had a major impact on her life, Julia’s full-time residency in France was brief. She lived there from 1948 to 1956, and when she left for America with her husband, they consoled themselves by dreaming of one day buying a home in France. The house they eventually built in Provence served as their link to the country for nearly 30 years. From the 1960s to the early 1990s, the couple made yearly visits to La Pitchoune, where Julia would entertain fellow culinary legends and cook with her cookbook collaborator and the property’s co-owner, Simone Beck. 

In light of Paul’s deteriorating health and Beck’s death in 1991, Julia gave up the property in 1992. The following year it was repurposed as a culinary school run by Julia’s friend and Beck’s former pupil, Kathie Alex. Alex was forced to close the school earlier this year due to health reasons, and now for the first time in its history the tiny home is hitting the real estate market. 

It offers all the features of a comfortable vacation home: a living room, three bedrooms, a shaded terrace, and a pool. But of all the rooms in the house, it’s the kitchen that will be attracting the most attention from potential homeowners. Designed by Paul Cushing Child himself, Julia’s kitchen was modeled after the one in their home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which is currently being exhibited at the Smithsonian. The room is outfitted with extra tall counters customized to fit her six-foot-two stature, and peg-board walls still hung with her original equipment. The kitchen is the world's only remaining Julia Child kitchen located in a private house, making La Pitchoune an international treasure as well as a cozy country home. You can see more photos of the property below.

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LeVar Burton Is Legally Allowed to Say His Reading Rainbow Catchphrase
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It’s hard to imagine the original Reading Rainbow without LeVar Burton, but in August, the New York public broadcasting network WNED made it very clear who owned the rights to the program. By saying his old catchphrase from his hosting days, “but you don’t have to take my word for it” on his current podcast, WNED claimed Burton was infringing on their intellectual property. Now, Vulture reports that the case has been settled and Burton is now allowed to drop the phrase when and wherever he pleases.

The news came out in an recent interview with the actor and TV personality. “All settled, but you don’t have to take my word for it,” he told Vulture. “It’s all good. It’s all good. I can say it.”

The conflict dates back to 2014, when Burton launched a Kickstarter campaign to revive the show without WNED’s consent. Prior to that, the network and Burton’s digital reading company RRKidz had made a licensing deal where they agreed to split the profits down the middle if a new show was ever produced. Burton’s unauthorized crowdfunding undid those negotiations, and tensions between the two parties have been high ever since. The situation came to a head when Burton started using his famous catchphrase on his LeVar Burton Reads podcast, which centers around him reading short fiction in the same vein as his Reading Rainbow role. By doing this, WNED alleged he was aiming to “control and reap the benefits of Reading Rainbow's substantial goodwill.”

Though he’s no longer a collaborator with WNED, Burton can at least continue to say “but you don’t have to take my word for it” without fearing legal retribution. WNED is meanwhile "working on the next chapter of Reading Rainbow" without their original star, and Burton tells Vulture he looks “forward to seeing what they do with the brand next."

[h/t Vulture]

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25 of Oscar Wilde's Wittiest Quotes
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On October 16, 1854, Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in Dublin, Ireland. He would go on to become one of the world's most prolific writers, dabbling in everything from plays and poetry to essays and fiction. Whatever the medium, his wit shone through.

1. ON GOD

"I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability."

2. ON THE WORLD AS A STAGE

"The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast."

3. ON FORGIVENESS

"Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much."

4. ON GOOD VERSUS BAD

"It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious."

5. ON GETTING ADVICE

"The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself."

6. ON HAPPINESS

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go."

7. ON CYNICISM

"What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing."

8. ON SINCERITY

"A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal."

9. ON MONEY

"When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is."

10. ON LIFE'S GREATEST TRAGEDIES

"There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it."

11. ON HARD WORK

"Work is the curse of the drinking classes."

12. ON LIVING WITHIN ONE'S MEANS

"Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination."

13. ON TRUE FRIENDS

"True friends stab you in the front."

14. ON MOTHERS

"All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his."

15. ON FASHION

"Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months."

16. ON BEING TALKED ABOUT

"There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about."

17. ON GENIUS

"Genius is born—not paid."

18. ON MORALITY

"Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike."

19. ON RELATIONSHIPS

"How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being?"

20. ON THE DEFINITION OF A "GENTLEMAN"

"A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone’s feelings unintentionally."

21. ON BOREDOM

"My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people’s."

22. ON AGING

"The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything."

23. ON MEN AND WOMEN

"I like men who have a future and women who have a past."

24. ON POETRY

"There are two ways of disliking poetry; one way is to dislike it, the other is to read Pope."

25. ON WIT

"Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit."

And one bonus quote about Oscar Wilde! Dorothy Parker said it best in a 1927 issue of Life:

If, with the literate, I am
Impelled to try an epigram,
I never seek to take the credit;
We all assume that Oscar said it.

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