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Vive La France!

Technically, I should begin this entry with La Marsellaise, and it is indeed a fine song. But, honestly, I think I'm fonder of one of the street songs from the French Revolution. The one that goes:

Ah, ça ira, ça ira, ça ira
les aristocrats a la lanterne
ah, ça ira, ça ira, ça ira
les aristocrats on les pendra.

Oh, they will go, they will go, they will go
The aristocrats to the lamppost
Oh, they will go, they will go, they will go
The aristocrats , we will hang them.


Things have been going on, and I haven't been writing about them, but I am still alive. I saw one of my favorite writers, Alison Bechel (who does the comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For) doing a reading of her new memoir, Fun Home at the local feminist bookstore. It turns out that, in addition to being a great artist and writer, Bechdel also has a talent for reading out loud. She's a natural storyteller, which not all authors are. It's just too bad that Fun Home is too expensive to buy in hardback right now. Sigh.

A friend from the Fairest College came to visit over the weekend, which was lots of fun. And this weekend, I'm taking off for the Michiana and Kalamazoo singings. Life is good right now.

And finally, I think I'll mention this article, about another book that I want to check out. It seems like it might tweak dawtheminstrel's chain a little bit -- set the grammarian against the ethnographer. I'll make the popcorn.

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dawtheminstrel
Jul. 14th, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC)
As it happens, I'm both a grammarian and an ethnographer, so I might have to split up or something. I don't see how anyone who looks at the history of the language can argue with descriptive grammar. I tell my students that correct grammar is the customary usage of the dominant class.
frenchpony
Jul. 14th, 2006 06:42 pm (UTC)
As it happens, I'm both a grammarian and an ethnographer

Yeah, you've mentioned that. That's why it'd be so much fun to watch you read this book. I'll make popcorn, and the rest of us will sit around and watch you have a fit.

correct grammar is the customary usage of the dominant class.

Oooo, on Bastille Day you say this? Them's fightin' words!
bodkin_ra
Jul. 15th, 2006 08:45 am (UTC)
Hey, you're both ethnos. You must be related.
frenchpony
Jul. 17th, 2006 03:31 am (UTC)
Ethnos are cool people. Need I say more?

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