Baguette versus bagel, macaron versus cupcake, Amelie versus Carrie.
What are the real differences between the City of Lights from the Big Apple? Graphic designer and native Parisian Vahram Muratyan tackles the subject in his whimsical and beautifully designed new book Paris Versus New York: A Tally of Two Cities.
The side-by-side illustrations, based on Varham's blog of the same name, engage readers in knowing visual matches. Quasimodo had Notre Dame; King Kong had the Empire State. Paris has the Coulee Verte; New York has the High Line.
Gainsbourg vs. Warhol. Man on Wire Philippe Petit vs. Spider-Man Peter Parker. Bordeaux vs. Cosmo.
The observations are funny and discerning; the iconography and idiosyncrasies of the two cities are presented in witty and playful ways. Varham, vous êtes très clever.
Paris versus New York: A Tally of Two Cities, by Vahram Muratyan (Amazon)
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Reprinted by arrangement with Penguin, A member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., from Paris versus New York by Vahram Muratyan Copyright (c) 2011 by Vahram Muratyan.