edwarddespard:

pilferingapples:

edwarddespard:

Did someone say “Petrus Borel”?

YES SOMEONE DID IT WAS ME HELLO. Oh GOSH this picture. There is clearly A LOT going on in this picture and an enormous amount of it appears to be hijinks and— a topless woman being drowned? Pulled out of the river? But wait on all of that, because IS THAT MEANT TO BE A DIOGENES LANTERN?!? Because if so, I may have some sort of crossover-interest dance party.

Thought it might be! I’m to go back through his fic to see who the woman is, because frankly if there is one thing that is in abundance in Borel’s stories it is Gruesome Dramatic Death. There’s a copy of Rhapsodies there, and…and…I just don’t even want to know what’s happening in the upper right hand corner. 
The guillotine might be a reference to his Gottfried Wolfgang (1843), which is essentially a translation of Washington Irving’s 1824 story The Adventure of the German Student - a rather awesome and macabre little work!
I’m assume that the skull is on the verge of being turned into a utensil for drinking really toxic, near-lethal punch.


Oh, edwarddespard , I remembered this! And having just gone through Champavert, I’m pretty sure it’s got to be a cover/front illo for all that, and I’m pretty sure I know what stories all the pictures are from! Going clockwise: 
OKAY: The cherub and the lovers could work with a lot of stories, but given their startlement and the velvet curtains and all I’m gonna guess this is for The Anatomist; the next one over, with all the foliage and the woman standing clearest in the foreground, is probably Abigail from Three Fingered Jack; The boat scene is from Dinah; the little box and skull and all that are from the title story (the skull is a baby’s, because it’s a FUN book*), and the guillotine could be from either The Prosecutor or The Student but I’m GUESSING it’s The Prosecutor, because the illustrator seems to have gone for the grimmer tales.
( also I appreciate that they apparently looked at all the complications of the intro and said YOU KNOW WHAT, HAVE A FRIGGING PORTRAIT , AND HERE’S RHAPSODIES, IT’S QUOTING RHAPSODIES.)

*no, it actually is. It’s HORRIBLY fun. I laughed a lot, reading it. It’s just, you know. A lot of funny bits and then suddenly FACEPUNCH OF HORRIBLE HORRIBLE THINGS ALL OVER. It SHOULD stop working on me BUT IT DOESN’T, and it is UNFAIR.

edwarddespard:

pilferingapples:

edwarddespard:

Did someone say “Petrus Borel”?

YES SOMEONE DID IT WAS ME HELLO.

Oh GOSH this picture. There is clearly A LOT going on in this picture and an enormous amount of it appears to be hijinks and— a topless woman being drowned? Pulled out of the river?

But wait on all of that, because IS THAT MEANT TO BE A DIOGENES LANTERN?!? Because if so, I may have some sort of crossover-interest dance party.

Thought it might be! I’m to go back through his fic to see who the woman is, because frankly if there is one thing that is in abundance in Borel’s stories it is Gruesome Dramatic Death. There’s a copy of Rhapsodies there, and…and…I just don’t even want to know what’s happening in the upper right hand corner. 

The guillotine might be a reference to his Gottfried Wolfgang (1843), which is essentially a translation of Washington Irving’s 1824 story The Adventure of the German Student - a rather awesome and macabre little work!

I’m assume that the skull is on the verge of being turned into a utensil for drinking really toxic, near-lethal punch.

Oh, edwarddespard , I remembered this! And having just gone through Champavert, I’m pretty sure it’s got to be a cover/front illo for all that, and I’m pretty sure I know what stories all the pictures are from! Going clockwise:

OKAY: The cherub and the lovers could work with a lot of stories, but given their startlement and the velvet curtains and all I’m gonna guess this is for The Anatomist; the next one over, with all the foliage and the woman standing clearest in the foreground, is probably Abigail from Three Fingered Jack; The boat scene is from Dinah; the little box and skull and all that are from the title story (the skull is a baby’s, because it’s a FUN book*), and the guillotine could be from either The Prosecutor or The Student but I’m GUESSING it’s The Prosecutor, because the illustrator seems to have gone for the grimmer tales.

( also I appreciate that they apparently looked at all the complications of the intro and said YOU KNOW WHAT, HAVE A FRIGGING PORTRAIT , AND HERE’S RHAPSODIES, IT’S QUOTING RHAPSODIES.)

*no, it actually is. It’s HORRIBLY fun. I laughed a lot, reading it. It’s just, you know. A lot of funny bits and then suddenly FACEPUNCH OF HORRIBLE HORRIBLE THINGS ALL OVER. It SHOULD stop working on me BUT IT DOESN’T, and it is UNFAIR.

http://pilferingapples.tumblr.com/post/95417736021/pilferingapples-lalala-gonna-read-some-about

edwarddespard:

pilferingapples:

pilferingapples:

lalala gonna read some about Nerval

lalalala how upset am I gonna get

answer: I’m eight pages into the intro and I hate everything

why is Nerval everyone’s excuse to wallow in ableism and try to puff up frickin’ FREUD

also what the heck with critics trying to run…

Well, Starkie DOES respect Nerval…as - yup - a precursor to Baudelaire. Seriously, that’s what I’ve taken away from her writing on Nerval. His central importance is in relation to Baudelaire. Or was that Borel? Or both? Because all roads lead to Baudelaire.

These guys are way past due for a good treatment in English, whether it be the translation of French bios/critical appraisals, or English language works. I’ve been so tempted to buy bios on French ebay, athough I have no idea whether they’re any good, just to try and get a different angle.

It was both. They’re both important Because Baudelaire. Gautier too. Also Hugo. Also Notre Dame.  France needs no Corsica to be great, she was already Baudelaire.

Gad YES they’re SO overdue for a serious (well, I mean…SINCERE. SERIOUS may be the wrong term, coming from me) academic look. They’re a fascinating bunch, and they really cover and represent so much of what was going on with the changes in culture at the time. And there’s so MANY of their works that just AREN’T in any translation! ARRRGH.  MONOLINGUAL FANGIRL IS FRUSTRATED.

…they’re also maybe overdue for a series of highly dubious comics mocking them with all affection I mean what

WAIT
WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT

"Prouvaire, the Masons are growing lukewarm; you will bring us news from the lodge in Rue de Grenelle Saint Honore. "

Les Miserables, Enjolras and His Lieutenants, Wilbour Translation

"This tradition of opposition- whose deviations from the centre Nerval defined as ‘eccentricity’-  provides the subject of a collection of biographical essays published in 1852 as Les Illuminés (The Illuminati)subtitled "Precursors of Socialism" . The title refers to a semi-Masonic order of freethinkers …who, according to Nerval, were among the crucial harbingers of the French Revolution..(description of essays)." —- Richard Sieburth, introduction to Gerard de Nerval: Selected Writings

*groans, add to to-read pile*

sophia-sol:

The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo, by Tom Reiss

Thank you to skygiants’ amazing review of this book for making me want to read it!

This is a nonfiction book about Alexandre Dumas père’s father. Also named Alexandre Dumas, just to make things even more confusing. Three Alexandre Dumases in a row and it is the MIDDLE one that is called père? UH HUH.

Anyways the Alexandre Dumas who this book is about (who I’ll call Alex Dumas as that’s how he usually signed his letters) was born in Haiti (then Saint-Domingue) to a white aristocrat father and a black slave mother.

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mohala-sumiko:

this morning, police raided Greater St. Mark school/church in Ferguson, MO (formerly called St. Sebastian’s Parish).
community members had been using it as a safe space and staging area. police claim that the church is violating housing codes by sheltering protesters, even though the pastor has said it isn’t true.
please please please boost this. help these organizers recover the supplies they lost, and share just how fucking far these cops will sink to make the people of Ferguson suffer.
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mohala-sumiko:

this morning, police raided Greater St. Mark school/church in Ferguson, MO (formerly called St. Sebastian’s Parish).
community members had been using it as a safe space and staging area. police claim that the church is violating housing codes by sheltering protesters, even though the pastor has said it isn’t true.
please please please boost this. help these organizers recover the supplies they lost, and share just how fucking far these cops will sink to make the people of Ferguson suffer.
Zoom Info
mohala-sumiko:

this morning, police raided Greater St. Mark school/church in Ferguson, MO (formerly called St. Sebastian’s Parish).
community members had been using it as a safe space and staging area. police claim that the church is violating housing codes by sheltering protesters, even though the pastor has said it isn’t true.
please please please boost this. help these organizers recover the supplies they lost, and share just how fucking far these cops will sink to make the people of Ferguson suffer.
Zoom Info
mohala-sumiko:

this morning, police raided Greater St. Mark school/church in Ferguson, MO (formerly called St. Sebastian’s Parish).
community members had been using it as a safe space and staging area. police claim that the church is violating housing codes by sheltering protesters, even though the pastor has said it isn’t true.
please please please boost this. help these organizers recover the supplies they lost, and share just how fucking far these cops will sink to make the people of Ferguson suffer.
Zoom Info
mohala-sumiko:

this morning, police raided Greater St. Mark school/church in Ferguson, MO (formerly called St. Sebastian’s Parish).
community members had been using it as a safe space and staging area. police claim that the church is violating housing codes by sheltering protesters, even though the pastor has said it isn’t true.
please please please boost this. help these organizers recover the supplies they lost, and share just how fucking far these cops will sink to make the people of Ferguson suffer.
Zoom Info
mohala-sumiko:

this morning, police raided Greater St. Mark school/church in Ferguson, MO (formerly called St. Sebastian’s Parish).
community members had been using it as a safe space and staging area. police claim that the church is violating housing codes by sheltering protesters, even though the pastor has said it isn’t true.
please please please boost this. help these organizers recover the supplies they lost, and share just how fucking far these cops will sink to make the people of Ferguson suffer.
Zoom Info
mohala-sumiko:

this morning, police raided Greater St. Mark school/church in Ferguson, MO (formerly called St. Sebastian’s Parish).
community members had been using it as a safe space and staging area. police claim that the church is violating housing codes by sheltering protesters, even though the pastor has said it isn’t true.
please please please boost this. help these organizers recover the supplies they lost, and share just how fucking far these cops will sink to make the people of Ferguson suffer.
Zoom Info
mohala-sumiko:

this morning, police raided Greater St. Mark school/church in Ferguson, MO (formerly called St. Sebastian’s Parish).
community members had been using it as a safe space and staging area. police claim that the church is violating housing codes by sheltering protesters, even though the pastor has said it isn’t true.
please please please boost this. help these organizers recover the supplies they lost, and share just how fucking far these cops will sink to make the people of Ferguson suffer.
Zoom Info
mohala-sumiko:

this morning, police raided Greater St. Mark school/church in Ferguson, MO (formerly called St. Sebastian’s Parish).
community members had been using it as a safe space and staging area. police claim that the church is violating housing codes by sheltering protesters, even though the pastor has said it isn’t true.
please please please boost this. help these organizers recover the supplies they lost, and share just how fucking far these cops will sink to make the people of Ferguson suffer.
Zoom Info
mohala-sumiko:

this morning, police raided Greater St. Mark school/church in Ferguson, MO (formerly called St. Sebastian’s Parish).
community members had been using it as a safe space and staging area. police claim that the church is violating housing codes by sheltering protesters, even though the pastor has said it isn’t true.
please please please boost this. help these organizers recover the supplies they lost, and share just how fucking far these cops will sink to make the people of Ferguson suffer.
Zoom Info

mohala-sumiko:

this morning, police raided Greater St. Mark school/church in Ferguson, MO (formerly called St. Sebastian’s Parish).

community members had been using it as a safe space and staging area. police claim that the church is violating housing codes by sheltering protesters, even though the pastor has said it isn’t true.

please please please boost this. help these organizers recover the supplies they lost, and share just how fucking far these cops will sink to make the people of Ferguson suffer.

pilferingapples:

lalala gonna read some about Nerval

lalalala how upset am I gonna get

answer: I’m eight pages into the intro and I hate everything 

why is Nerval everyone’s excuse to wallow in ableism and try to puff up frickin’ FREUD 

also what the heck with critics trying to run down every Cenacle member but their chosen focus*
they were all MASSIVE NERDS about each other
especially insulting Gautier to make Nerval seem more important is 

just

what are you doing?!?

*I mean, I guess you can always go the Starkie route, and just hate them all??