montagnarde1793: (iCicero)

It's been a long time since I've posted anything, I know.  I've been busy, but that's not really the reason. After all, I'm busier than ever and I'm still posting now. I just haven't really had much of relevance to say. It's sad, but what can you do?

I missed a couple of birthdays last month, so a very belated birthday to Charlotte Robespierre and Jeanbon Saint-André.

Really, I just wanted to point out this article, by Lynn Hunt, whom you may remember as one of the better American historians. Which isn't saying too much, but beggars can't be choosers. (Though if that limited choice were all that was available to me, I'd still pick Timothy Tackett over her any day).

I'm not sure whether I like the article or not. It's one of those pieces where I'm on a borderline between thinking it's useful for pointing out a few things that I've noticed to be true about writing, and getting annoyed with it for stating the obvious. In light of some of Hunt's work, I'm also going to have to be a bit snarky and add that if your instinct tells you that Freudian analysis is the right approach to your study of the French Revolution, maybe it's time to stop listening to your instinct. On the other hand, I'm quite possibly being too hard on her, both in terms of the article and in terms of her other writings, so I'll let you come to your own conclusions (which I would be happy to hear about!)

In other news, applying to study abroad is incredibly stressful when added to all my other work. Cumulative Latin exams are likewise stressful - there's a good 200 lines of Cicero's "In Verrem" I should be studying right now - so do wish me luck. (For the record, I like "In Verrem," which is Cicero's prosecution of the corrupt governor of Sicily, Verres, who, if Cicero is to be believed, stole everything he could get his hands on in the whole province, and also - in the part I'm not being tested on - had a Roman citizen crucified - which you really don't do. However, there is so much vocabulary that I don't know, that my brain may explode between now and tomorrow afternoon. And there's parsing. I hate parsing. D:)




Utinam haec lingua facilior sit. ;-;
montagnarde1793: (sans-culottes)
So I don't know why I keep doing this, but yesterday was Babeuf's 249th birthday. So, um,

Joyeux anniversaire, Babeuf !

I suppose next year will be more important anyway.

In other news, I was too sick to audition for "Candide" today. I'm rather depressed about it, because I had been working on my audition peace all semester. Oh well. At least this way I'll be able to join one of the Baroque Ensembles. And actually *see* Candide, which I wouldn't be able to do if I had actually gotten into the chorus (there's no way in hell I would have gotten a role, I should point out). I also found out that the reason we don't generally do operas in the Historical Performance department (minimal funding aside) is our lack of a prof for baroque oboe....Which we don't have because our current modern oboe prof has some petty grudge against the most likely candidate. It's all so stupid, I have no words.

I can finally breathe a sigh of relief, however, since I have gotten through my Latin test in one piece (though I don't think I did very well--there were more than 400 lines we had to know and I just couldn't do it) and written the first draft of my next French paper.

This was the prompt:

Comparaison entre l'amour héroïque dans Le Cid et l'amour tragique dans Phèdre - Comparez les effets de l'amour dans ces deux pièces. Explorez un peu la vision du monde qui sous-tend les deux pièces : le volontarisme de Corneille, qui vient de sa formation chez les Jésuites ; le pessimisme de Racine qui résulte de sa formation janséniste.

Pretty annoying, right? Anyway, I'll still have to do quite a bit of revising to integrate that last piece into the paper a bit more, but at least most of the hard work is done.

I'm going to visit relatives in New York for Thanksgiving and then see "Acis and Galatea" in Boston so I may continue to be relatively absent again starting Thursday, but we'll see, I suppose.

Also, if anyone remembers the stupid LRF and Danton fanvids that [ profile] maelicia found a while back, it seems the person who made them has (mirabile dictu) managed to find a worthwhile use (perhaps the only one) for the two films: parody videos.

Here are a few examples:

Er, one of these days I really will post more excerpts from That Book About Le Bas, I swear.
montagnarde1793: (citoyen)

...Which is to say, yesterday was Buonarotti's 248th birthday.

Joyeux anniversaire Buonarotti ! (Même s'il est un peu en retard.)

In other news, I registered for classes for next semester today, and I have to say I'm incredibly excited. I'm taking:

The Other in the Enlightenment (which is taught by the Robespierriste French professor I mentioned a while back).
Cicero in Speech and Letters
The City in Europe: 1100-1789
and, somewhat less exciting, Calculus 1b
And then my lessons, which I have no intention of stopping any time soon, even if it means I can only take 4 classes.

And now back to studying for my Indian History exam. Wish me luck!


Thursday, 5 November 2009 12:37
montagnarde1793: (babet/lebas)

...I feel bad: I was going to post about Le Bas's birthday yesterday, but I completely forgot. D: As of yesterday he's 245.

Joyeux anniversaire, Le Bas !

(More of That Book About Le Bas will hopefully be forthcoming.)

montagnarde1793: (Default)
Yeah. Last Sunday night Alexei, Ariel, Molly, and I were looking for a bottle to play truth or dare, right? So we decide to use a beer bottle from the fridge. Then we get the bright idea to drink it (at four in the morning after watching American Pie 1-3 with no sleep and about 20 sodas). So we do. Then I feel nauseous for the rest of the party and we all go to sleep-- then I wake up at 9:15 and have to be at PASJE at 10:00. Oh, and this week I have to create a constellation myth, do math homework every night, my Weekly Work worksheet for Science, 3 Confederate Bios, 5 weapons write-ups, 2 short poetry analysis's, 1 poetry analysis essay, 1 poetry glossary, and write some original poetry all by friday. Oh, and incidentally, I also have a meeting with the rabbi after school today, a voice lesson tomorrow, a bat mitzvah lesson on thursday, and STAR testing starts next week!!!!!!!
But I'm fine. Just fine.

[wasn't I cute back then?]


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