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.
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.