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Yeah I didn’t think it was particularly important but it was such a weird little detail to remember that I had to include it

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The Worst Les Mis Playlist

spacestationtrustfund:

With links to YouTube because I know nothing about playlists! 😀

ValjeanI Fought the Law by The Clash (breakin’ rocks in the hot sun / I fought the law and the law won / oh, I fought the law and the law won)

JavertLaying Down the Law by The Law (laying down the law / that’s what this badge is for / keeper of the peace)

The BishopTake What You Want by ONE OK ROCK (take what you want / take what you want and go / take what you want)

FantineThe A Team by Ed Sheeran (light’s gone, day’s end / struggling to pay rent / long nights, strange men / and they say, “She’s in the Class A Team, stuck in her daydream / been this way since eighteen”)

CosetteA Whole New World from Aladdin (a whole new world / a dazzling place I never knew / but when I’m way up here, it’s crystal clear / that now I’m in a whole new world with you)

MariusCall Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen (hey, I just met you / and this is crazy / but here’s my number / so call me maybe? / and all the other boys try to chase me)

EponineAgain and Again by The Bird and the Bee (you’re so stupid and perfect and stupid and perfect / I hate you, I want you / it’s a shame, it’s a shame, it’s a perfect shame / creep under my door and we do it again)

GavrocheBreak the Rules by Charli XCX (I don’t wanna go to school / I just wanna break the rules)

EnjolrasWhat’s Up by The 4 Non-Blondes (and I try, oh my god do I try / I try all the time in this institution / and I pray, oh my god do I pray / I pray every single day / for a revolution)

CombeferreI Am Not a Robot by Marina & the Diamonds (guess what? I am not a robot / guess what? I am not a robot, a robot)

CourfeyracLovalot by M.I.A. (they told me this is a free country / I really love a lot but I fight the ones that fight me)

JolyI’m Yours by Jason Mraz (I’ve been spending way too long checking my tongue in the mirror / and bending over backwards just to try to see it clearer)

BossuetLucky by Jason Mraz (lucky I’m in love with my best friend / lucky to have been where I have been / lucky to be coming home again)

BahorelDon’t You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds (don’t you forget about me / don’t don’t don’t / don’t you forget about me)

FeuillyHe’s Got the Whole World in His Hands by Glen Campbell (he’s got everybody here in his hands / he’s got the whole world in his hands / he’s got the whole wide world in his hands)

ProuvaireThe Impossible Dream from Man of La Mancha (no matter how hopeless, no matter how far / to fight for the right without question of pause / to be willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause)

GrantaireFuck You I’m Drunk by Flogging Molly (you ask me why I’m writing this poem / some call it a tavern but I call it home / fuck you I’m drunk)

MontparnasseVictorious by Panic! at the Disco (I’m like a scarf trick, it’s all up the sleeve / I taste like magic, waves that swallow quick and deep / throw the bait, catch the shark, bleed the water red / fifty words for murder and I’m every one of them)

Les ThénardierPaper Planes by M.I.A. (all I wanna do is [bang] [bang] [bang] [bang] and [kching!] and take your money / some some some I, some I murder / some I, some I let go)

Georges PontmercyWaterloo by ABBA (at Waterloo Napoleon did surrender / oh yeah, and I have met my destiny in quite a similar way / the history book on the shelf is always repeating itself)

EXCUSE ME HOW IS THIS “THE WORST”?

Also I can’t not bring up this music video I made a couple of years ago.

I kinda wanna do the Marius/Call Me Maybe one now tbh. 

pilferingapples:

Something caught my eye while I was reading about Henry Murger’s Scene of Bohemia: apparently the original articles were published in Le Corsaire. “Wait a second” I thought “don’t I know that paper from previous shoelace research! 

And indeed I did ! Le Corsaire is the paper that bought out Satan! Er. Bought out the paper Satan–a satirical paper published and printed by the Borels in the early 1840s.  A quick summation of  the connection below, taken from Starkie’s The Lycanthrope

A paper called Les Coulisses  was founded in December 1840.  It was printed by Francisque Borel, and Andre Borel,another brother, used to contribute to it.  Two years later, in February 1843, the paper announced it was henceforth going to be known by the name of Satan , and that Francisque Borel was to be its editor…The Satan of this paper is not the spirit of evil, but of truth, and his policy is to tell the truth to mankind without any fear of consequences.   It is chiefly as speaker of truth that  Satan is feared, not as a corrupter, and he is going to hold up the mirror to mankind so that all men can see themselves in their hideous reality.   He is going to write the memoirs of the human race, and the paper will be satiric…

Satan appeared for the first time in February 1843, but it was not long before it got into trouble.   In June of that year the editor was condemned to a month’s imprisonment and to a fine of two hundred francs, for having published articles attacking the Chamber of Deputies and the Upper House.  Francisque Borel was convicted of having published in Satan, in March, April, and May, editorials in which he had discussed the actions of Ministers, Deputies, and Lords, especially in a series of articles called Journals des Victims. To give a couple of examples: One number said: “The vast majority of statesmen are like the pavements of the Capital, that is to say in a state of complete collapse.”  And another time: “The waters of the Seine are full of mud and filth; that is because that river flows through Paris, the seat of the government." 

Again in November 1843, the editor was taken to the Courts and this time was condemned to five months’ imprisonment and a fine of five hundred francs for libel. 

…soon afterwards, Petrus Borel was made editor, in the absence of his brother, and he had charge of the paper from February 1844 until September of that year.  No change of tone is discernible during his editorship. 

…Satan did not prosper, and was obliged to resign its independence in September 1844.  

Yeah that happens when the government keeps imprisoning your staff and raiding your paper and fining you. It’s amazing how many papers "fail to prosper” in those conditions. 

(Satan) then joined forces with another paper, called Le Corsaire, which had been going strong since 1822.  The paper then called itself Le Corsaire-Satan and lasted in that guise until 1847; then the Corsaire completely swallowed up Satan and…reverted to its former name of Le Corsaire.   

And Murger started publishing Scenes of Bohemia in the paper starting around 1845.  

Some thoughts on this little bit of history: 

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pilferingapples:

“hmm I wonder if I can find out anything more about Marrast–” 

Marrast was involved in the Revolution of 1830 and in the French republican movement of the 1830’s and 1840’s. He was the editor of the moderate republican newspaper Le National from 1841. After the Revolution of 1848 he was a member of the Provisional Government and from July 1848 to May 1849 the chairman of the Constituent Assembly. Marrast was a leader of the bourgeois counterrevolution that suppressed the June 1848 uprising of the Paris proletariat. In May 1849 he was defeated in an election to the Legislative Assembly, after which he left politics.

“–oh”

At the time of the (1848) June Insurrection, many French conservatives insisted that the National Workshops should be closed because of their ruinous expense–six million francs to pay up to one hundred thousand men for four months. Yet during a shorter period of time (three months) the Provisional Government authorized expenditures totaling over 4.5 million francs for only sixteen thousand men–the Mobile National Guard.

Controlling Paris: Armed Forces and Counter-Revolution, 1789-1848, Jonathan M. House

  
(via pilferingapples)

Count of Monte Cristo readalong intro!

lifeisyetfair:

vapaus-ystavyys-tasaarvo:

Yes, I’m going to try to do this and I’m going to use this blog rather than my general one. If you’re only following me for Les Mis content and don’t want all this Monte Cristo stuff, blacklist #CoMC17.

So hi, I’m Vapaus. I mostly do Les Mis stuff right now and I’m probably going to be making at least some Les Mis references in this read along too. I’ve read The Count of Monte Cristo exactly once, when I was 14, and I remember practically nothing about it except that I really liked it? The version I read was in Finnish and it was probably an abridged edition. I’ve been meaning to try again with a different edition for a while now.

My first introduction to the story was a movie adaptation that I assume must have been the 2002 film? I only saw it once but I liked it enough to read the book. (Well, another reason was that I loved The Three Musketeers.) Otherwise I don’t remember anything about the movie either and that’s the only adaptation I’ve seen… Well okay I did watch a couple of episodes of Gankutsuou at some point back when it was still new. I don’t remember anything about that either (except the visual style).

Basically the theme of this introduction is that I don’t remember anything about anything. I might as well be starting fresh.

I’ll be using the Robin Buss translation since that one is apparently good. I don’t trust the Finnish translations and I just don’t have the energy to read this in French. My goal is just to manage to keep up and not drop out for once. Lowest bar ever because I need attainable goals. (It’s possible that some maps may happen. Maps are kind of my thing and this is my era.)

Actually, just for fun: I’m putting everything that I sort of vaguely remember about this story under this cut. Because there are a couple of things at least. Even if some of them might be from the movie rather than the book… Anyway, possible spoilers:

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Oh, that’s interesting about not trusting Finnish translations? Why do you trust English ones more?

Mostly it’s just that I can’t think of an easy way to check how accurate the Finnish ones are. I can’t find any proper reviews online at least. The closest thing that I ran into was just someone trying to estimate whether the translation they’d bought was abridged or not by comparing its length to a French edition (which doesn’t even seem like a reliable way to check that, much less anything about the quality of the translation).

Also I’ve had bad experiences with the Finnish translations of Les Mis. So if Robin Buss is supposed to be good, I’d rather just read that.

Count of Monte Cristo readalong intro!

Yes, I’m going to try to do this and I’m going to use this blog rather than my general one. If you’re only following me for Les Mis content and don’t want all this Monte Cristo stuff, blacklist #CoMC17.

So hi, I’m Vapaus. I mostly do Les Mis stuff right now and I’m probably going to be making at least some Les Mis references in this read along too. I’ve read The Count of Monte Cristo exactly once, when I was 14, and I remember practically nothing about it except that I really liked it? The version I read was in Finnish and it was probably an abridged edition. I’ve been meaning to try again with a different edition for a while now.

My first introduction to the story was a movie adaptation that I assume must have been the 2002 film? I only saw it once but I liked it enough to read the book. (Well, another reason was that I loved The Three Musketeers.) Otherwise I don’t remember anything about the movie either and that’s the only adaptation I’ve seen… Well okay I did watch a couple of episodes of Gankutsuou at some point back when it was still new. I don’t remember anything about that either (except the visual style).

Basically the theme of this introduction is that I don’t remember anything about anything. I might as well be starting fresh.

I’ll be using the Robin Buss translation since that one is apparently good. I don’t trust the Finnish translations and I just don’t have the energy to read this in French. My goal is just to manage to keep up and not drop out for once. Lowest bar ever because I need attainable goals. (It’s possible that some maps may happen. Maps are kind of my thing and this is my era.)

Actually, just for fun: I’m putting everything that I sort of vaguely remember about this story under this cut. Because there are a couple of things at least. Even if some of them might be from the movie rather than the book… Anyway, possible spoilers:

Okay so, I DO remember that the main character is originally called Edmond Dantès, although that might be more due to cultural osmosis than actual memory. I have the impression that he was like a sailor or something? And he was in love with a woman? And then some guy he knew plotted against him somehow so that he ended up in prison and the guy married the woman? MAYBE? Seriously, I’m not at all sure about any of this. I think in the movie Edmond eventually ends up back together with the woman but in the book he didn’t?

There’s also this weirdest detail that I remember for some reason about someone saying something about how you can disguise your handwriting by writing left-handed? Or did I make this up or was it from a completely different book? I have no idea.

Anyway, then Edmond Dantès was in a prison on an island and there was this older guy who was his cellmate or maybe in the cell next to his? And I’m pretty sure the other guy dies but first he taught Edmond some stuff or something. Anyway at some point after spending years in the prison he manages to escape somehow and disappears and then comes back as the Count of Monte Cristo and he’s rich and nobody recognizes him and I think he’d been somewhere in the Middle East or North Africa or something? And of course he wants revenge on the guy who did the thing.

Also I think the rest of the book takes place in Paris probably. I’m honestly not even sure but this feels right. And uh… the rest of it is incredibly vague in my mind. I think some duels are involved? Lots of intrigue? Idk. I have the impression that pretty much all the characters are kind of a bunch of assholes by the time this part of the plot happens?

So yeah, basically I only remember the set up more than the actual plot I guess.

bobcatmoran:

Things that are vaguely disappointing at work that would take too long to explain to coworkers: Not being allowed to go to Victor Hugo Boulevard to pick up a targeted item.

Mostly I just want an excuse to drive around this neighborhood again, even though it’s not much to look at: