Friday, October 24, 2014

Ostentation we've deplored ii

               of a whis-


William Gedney

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Happy days are here again

  The United States, the
  page's country of ori-
  gin, is undergoing all
  the electoral hysteria
  its Right Wing can mus-
  ter just now, as if a
  society might be left
  to govern when they're
  finished. But once a-
  gain, they sound ambi-
  valent about that. A
  new virus has come to
  play and, as the natu-
  ral party of govern-
  ing, they are innocent.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Origins of Wednesday x: notes from the future

Just finished Lacombe, Lucien .. 
I enjoyed it despite the somber 
mood, but found it remarkably 
hard to relate to Lucien. Maybe 
that is the point? The [sexu-
al] relationship struck me as 
particularly absurd - I've al-
ways gotten the impression that 
the vast majority of French cit-
izens really rallied around the 
Resistance during the German oc-
cupation, it's hard to believe 
a young Jewish girl would fall 
for a member of the Gestapo, 
much less a French one. 

     To a certain sense that the teach-
     ing of history has a very long way
     to go, with each generation, a cor-
     respondent helpfully laid bare the
     range of unawarenesses that it must
     address in an honors student at a
     noted university, studying French.
     Evidently the university assumes no
     responsibility in the matter, as it
     is poised to award its degree with-
     out conferring the requisite support.

     I replied that these findings will
     likely be adjusted, by the assimila-
     tion of information that is bound to
     come the student's way. But by then,
     perspectives framing one's career and
     its expectations will have been cast,
     and the remarkable culture of our time
     will have weathered another young mind.

Michael R. Marrus
  and Robert O. Paxton
Vichy France and the Jews
Basic Books, 1981©

Nicholas Shakespeare
  The Hidden Life of an
  Englishwoman in Wartime France
Harvill Secker, 2013©

Irène Nemirovsky
  and other Stories
Bridgett Patterson
op. post.
Random House, 2010©

Jean-Pierre Melville
  director and screenwriter
Joseph Kessel, book
Army of Shadows
Jacques Dorfmann
Rialto Pictures, 1969©