Monsieur Chariot

Monsieur Chariot
That Dazzling and Luminous California Metropolis known as The City Of The Angels, USA
June 08
Offering Discreet Tutelage in the Metropolitan Arts to Inquiring Gentlepersons of Variously Misguided Social Persuasions


Editor’s Pick
JANUARY 2, 2009 1:27PM

A Solstice Swoon


At 3am in the dark'ling gloom
I met the Messenger of Doom!
There in the shadows I could see
a spectre, devil, spook, banshee

Her eyes were cold as outer space
her cheeks bereft of all embrace
her mouth was formed into an "O"
which ululated songs of Woe!

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AUGUST 21, 2008 12:40AM

Bombarded by The Booty

TM_M.Chariot_teaset2.jpg Some of you may have heard of the notorious Starbuckle coffee parlour in the artist's district near the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Vermont Boulevard in Los Angeles. Recently, it was pointed out to M. Chariot that the Starbuckle Family own more than one shop, though I have no… Read full post »

AUGUST 18, 2008 1:17PM

Madame Furieuse

TM_M.ChariotLoverA3.jpg I was trying to impress her by saying something about the political scene, and the expression on her face said "yet another American moron." French, beautiful, older, she had taken me for one last look at her extravagant Los Angeles home. "As an artist, I suspect you have an… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
AUGUST 18, 2008 1:16PM


· The Finical Filmgoer ·

TM_M.ChariotTolerance2.jpg On a recent evening my dear friend, the tenuous Mademoiselle Hysterique, appeared at mon petite domicile with a tiny pink box of assorted pastries and a tittery ecphonesis regarding a foreign film of recent discovery. Gathering her at the door, we settl… Read full post »

AUGUST 18, 2008 1:09PM

The Perfect Claw

TM_M.Chariot_claw.jpg I don't know what creates the fretful tone here: the matrons, the young fashionistas, the management or the program on the television. On the flat screens, one can see beautiful, wild little animals snapping and clawing ineffectually at boisterous, teasing Australian animal enthusiasts… Read full post »

AUGUST 18, 2008 1:06PM

Revisiting The Basic Instinct

· The Finical Filmgoer ·

TM_M.Chariot_basic.jpg On Thursday last, I invited my close friends, the penetrating Monsieur Objectif, the somewhat tenuous Mademoiselle Hysterique and an artistic young married couple, the charming if a bit vert Monsieur et Madame Frisson, to my tiny flat for a viewing o… Read full post »

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AUGUST 18, 2008 1:04PM

Pola X

· The Finical Filmgoer ·

TM_M.Chariot_pola.jpg I invited my dear neighbor, the penetrating Monsieur Objectif — composer, gentleman gardener and friend — to my bachelor pad for a light repast and a screening of the degenerate étude from Leos Carax, Pola X.

We dined on small bits… Read full post »

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AUGUST 18, 2008 12:57PM

The Mysterious Antiques Dealer

TM_M.Chariot_antq.jpg There lives in my neighborhood a notoriously alluring woman who owns a tiny, moveable storefront antiques shop. I say moveable, because it has been moved several times in the years I've lived here. Suddenly it will be gone, and just as suddenly it will reappear… Read full post »

AUGUST 18, 2008 12:55PM

un Martini du Monsieur


Un Martini du Monsieur must be drunk alone!

- 1.5 ounces Martini red vermouth
- 1 dash absinthe
- 1 dash orange bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

Keep stirred with Quill Pen.


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AUGUST 18, 2008 12:52PM

Cafe Côte D'or

TM_M.Chariot_Cafe2.jpg Meeting place for artists, writers, persons engaged in extramarital affairs, those with a fondness for rich desserts, musicians, whores, the laptop-dependent, feminist ladies, individuals vaguely connected to the movie industry bloviating on chit-chat thingamajigs, alcoholics, illustra… Read full post »

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AUGUST 18, 2008 12:52PM

Le Divorce

Whereupon witnessing the solid, unreproachable, camera-ready marriages of the political candidates, the author ruminates on his own untidy connubial past.

TM_M.ChariotDog2.jpg As one thrice-divorced, M. Chariot knows something of the caprice of l'Amour, and hopes to spend not a little time blogiating on the subj… Read full post »

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AUGUST 18, 2008 12:49PM

Rudeness On The Train

TM_M.Chariot_train.jpg If there is one thing Monsieur Chariot cannot abide, it is sloppy pronunciation. And thus I flew into a rage on the Metro today, when the conductor announced "Los Angeles Convention Center, next stop. Staples Center, next stop."

And yet he pronounced… Read full post »

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AUGUST 18, 2008 12:46PM

The Pliant Sword

TM_M.Chariot_C3.jpg You're considered an intelligent person. Thoughtful. Well-spoken. Urbane. At social gatherings in your local Bohemia, when you speak, people appear to turn slightly, to put down their tea — to listen. At night in your little bed, in your heart, you wonder if perhaps you have something… Read full post »

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AUGUST 18, 2008 12:40PM

Sunday avec le Monsieur

TM_M.ChariotPalette.jpgOn Sunday morn during the reprieve from our cheerful labors here at Open Salon, M. Chariot packed his tiny wooden easel and a selection of aquarelles, and then Metro'd a la plage for a bit of plein air — a style of painting developed in France in/… Read full post »

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AUGUST 18, 2008 12:38PM

The Innocents

· The Finical Filmgoer ·

TM_M.Chariot_Innocents.jpg Monsieur Chariot recently rented The Innocents, a favorite from 1961. If you love atmospheric, psychological horror and you haven't seen this classic, it is time to update the Netflix queue. The Innocents is based on Henry James' novella Turn Of TheRead full post »

AUGUST 18, 2008 12:37PM

The Golden Bowl

· The Finical Filmgoer ·

TM_M.Chariot_GoldenBowl2.jpgDirected by James Ivory from a book by Henry James and a screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, The Golden Bowl presents the viewer with a marvelously layered and complex story of sexual passion and its relationship to character.

A charismatic but impecunious… Read full post »

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AUGUST 18, 2008 12:34PM

What is Cute?

Can anyone identify these famous cute images?



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AUGUST 18, 2008 12:30PM

My Shocking $7,500 "Tip!"

TM_M.Chariot_Tip3.jpg Boggling. I don't need to tell you I was in-a-word flamboozled. Room-spinning, hand-flapping dis-be-lief!

Monday morning found M. Chariot installed, as is my wont, on a threadbare, yellow brocade wingback before my tiny escritoire, quill pen at the ready. It was exactly 5 o'clock Ante Meri… Read full post »

AUGUST 14, 2008 9:38PM

How To Understand Oneself

TM_M.Chariot4aspects.jpg As one who for the better part of the New Century has maintained a most rigid and unsentimental devotion to the Scientific Arts, M. Chariot has endured untold hours studying the likes of Nephrology, Qui Gong, Iris Diagnosis, Tibetan Astrology, Hair Chemistry — a vast range… Read full post »