Jean Paul Aron, and to a lesser extent Melinda Camber Porter, have done us a service by presenting us with the views of those who set the agenda and determined what was important and what was not and what was politically correct in Paris from around 1944 to 1970. - David Gross, New Criterion, Volume 5 Number 4
The voices and ghosts of French intellectuals—artists, dramatists, film makers, actors, writers and philosophers—mingle in this uniquely constructed volume of interviews and commentary. Melinda Camber Porter juxtaposes her subjects’ ideas against one another by carefully arranging the text’s central issues. Diverse attitudes about the Parisian “scene” emerge, from patriots as well as expatriates. Through Parisian Eyes is a particularly readable and brilliantly compiled collection. The voices of French intellectuals mingle in this uniquely constructed volume of interviews and commentary. - Boston Sunday Globe 14 December, 1986.
For a quick plunge into the turbulent, exhilarating waters of contemporary French culture, Through Parisians Eyes brings us voices from the world of film, theater, journalism, publishing, politics, philosophy, including many active in several of the capacities. Scintillating talk. - The Christian Science Monitor
Through Parisian Eyes is a well-rounded, intelligent look at the contemporary Parisian spirit. Porter's eclectic gathering covers French xenophobia, politics, feminism, creativity, intellectualism, structuralism, imagination and the arts, providing an area of interest for almost every palate. Through Parisian Eyes forms one steady conversation that progresses with absolute fluidity. - San Francisco Chronicle 8 February, 1987.
Melinda Camber Porter is no softy, never awed by her illustrious subjects. She ably and charmingly tracks for those of us who weren't there, the role of Parisian arts and ideas. - The Washington Times 1 December, 1986.
Through Parisian Eyes is a collection of short interviews with 32 members of the Parisian elite. The resulting chorus gives a vivid impression of the exciting Babel-like confusion of modern French attitudes to everything under the sun… to a bright and enterprising foreign journalist, Melinda Camber Porter of The Times [London]. - The Observer [UK]
More than almost any other capital city, Paris embodies a national culture. Melinda Camber Porter has compiled an illuminating record of a moment in the life of this perpetually fascinating place, in her book, Through Parisian Eyes. Porter sees the void left by the collapse of Marxism and structuralism as a positive cultural indicator. Her book, more than anything, shows Paris as a state of mind. - Spectrum [Little Rock AR] 18-31 March, 1987.
Melinda Camber Porter can be enthused whether she’s talking about French artists or South Dakota wheat combines. She provides a link between South Dakota and the artists and intellectuals who frequent Parisian cafes. The strength of Through Paris Eyes: Reflections of Contemporary French Arts and Culture lies in the insights Melinda Camber Porter’s subjects offer about themselves, art, and society. - Argus Leader [Sioux Falls SD] 12 January, 1987.
A knowledgeable and handy reference book that gives an informed introduction to a wide variety of eminent cultural and intellectual contributors to French culture, and to the world for that matter. I have come back to this book many times to refresh my knowledge of somebody that comes up in the news, books, film, or magazine articles etc. - Greg Somers, Leading World Reviewer, Goodreads, 6 December, 2011.
One immediately senses what a consistent and quick-witted interviewer Melinda Camber Porter is. I like here presence between the lines. In Through Parisian Eyes she brings out new aspects of French cultural life that are rarely perceived - Nouvel Observateur
Through Melinda Camber Porter’s probing interviews, the rich, varied cultural world of Paris springs to life. No cultural critic has produced more revealing, more witty portraits of leading French writers, artists, and political figures. In Through Parisian Eyes they reveal themselves in their brilliance as well as in their occasional outrageousness - Thomas Bishop, Center for French Civilization and Culture, New York University
Melinda Camber Porter’s Through Parisian Eyes comes as an inviting opportunity to tap into Paris’ thinking in the winter of its greatness. The pieces read briskly—thanks to Melinda
Camber Porter’s willingness to listen well, and challenge when necessary - Philadelphia Inquirer 30 August, 1987.
The Economist (8 August, 1987)
France Today Fall 1986.
The New York Times Book Review Noted with Pleasure 9 November, 1986.
Paris Notes Vol 2 Issue II.
The Southampton Press 23 September, 1993.
Sydney Morning Herald 1 February, 1996.
Variety 4 February, 1987.