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 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.