ancient regime

 Fanmixes: Les Liaisons Dangereuses

“vanity and happiness are incompatible.”

1) Jem - Come On Closer 2) Jill Tracy - Evil Night Together 3) The Pierces - Secret 4) Hannah Fury - The Necklace of Marie Antoinette 5) Marina & the Diamonds - Jealousy 6) Garbage  - Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go Go) 7) Blood On the Dance Floor - Libertine 8) Panic! At The Disco - Casual Affair 9) Gotye - Smoke and Mirrors 10) Plasticines - La Règle Du Jeu 11) Christina Aguilera - Vanity 12) Stars - One More Night 13) Coeur de Pirate - You Know I’m No Good 14) Lana Del Rey - The Other Woman 

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Le 14 Juillet (AKA, not “Bastille Day)

On the 14th of July 1789, in the midst of the French Revolution (also refered to by the same name in French, even though we had quite a few of those), rioters attacked the Bastille prison and freed the (7) prisoners that were inside. That prison was a relique of the Ancient Regime, that ended officially three years later with the 1st Republic (September 21th 1792).

Basically, the French Revolution was a very complex period, in which many many things happened, not that historians really agree on what happened exactly (each carrying their own political views and agenda, including me).

In France, this period marks the beginning of the contemporary period (after antiquity, middle-age & modern times) in history, it was a rich period in terms of political, economical, cultural, scientific, social progress.

What we call “La prise de la Bastille” (the Storming of the Bastille) became a symbol, but the event in itself isn’t the most significant, by far.

For example, women walked on Versailles demanding bread, but really, riots broke out everywhere, we had lots of beheading (including that of the then king Louis the 16th), let’s not forget the Reign of Terror, that was fun. The most significant event in my opinion was probably the Abolition of the Privileges (August 4th 1789) & the Abolition of Slavery (February 4th 1794, which was unfortunately restaured by Napoleon in 1802).

A year after the Storming of the Bastille, on July 14th 1790, there was a celebration, called la Fête de la Fédération, meant to emphasize the importance of citizenship, of civil value, now that royalty & religion were no longer there for the people to put their faith and trust in (that’s not exactly accurate, but without getting into details, that’s pretty much it).

In 1880, the 14th of July was officially adopted as the annual national holiday, meant as a military event. To this day, people still argue over which day our National Holiday is supposed to be referring to.

Bottom line, it’s supposed to be a symbol of citizenship & freedom and a reminder of the past. Our 19th century was full of revolutions and we had many uprisings before that (les Révoltes paysannes AKA Jacqueries, where people would rise up against taxes for the most part, with degrees of success between the 14th & the 18th century).

One of those revolutions was used to plant the scene to Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables (June 1832), though it’s probably more fair to call it an uprising, as its success was fairly limited.

To this day, we are known as the country of strikes, social rights (& laziness apparently?) and our history is filled with riots, uprising, demonstrations, protests, strikes which continue to this day.

This history is kept alive, partly with songs, only one of which can be found in Les Misérables… and was cut in the movie. It’s called la Faute à Voltaire, sung by Gavroche.

Here is a list of proeminent revolutionnary songs, with links to good audio versions with lyrics on youtube:

La carmagnole (1792) : Every child knows at least the part about Marie-Antoinette: “Madam’ Veto (Marie-Antoinette) promessed to slaughter all Paris, but she missed her shot, thanks to our gunners. Let’s dance the carmagnole, hail the sound of gun barrel”.

La Marseillaise (1792) : The national hymn, the long version has 8 verses.

Ah ! ça ira, ça ira, ça ira (1790) : A very famous song sung during the revolution, the lyrics literally say “We will hang the aristocrats”.

Le chant des cerises (1867) : A beautiful song strongly associated with the Paris Commune (1871). It’s still sung by new artists or during demos to this day.

La semaine sanglante (1871) : At the end of the Paris Commune, over 30 000 people were slaughtered in a week (the story goes they killed everyone they came across in the street that had gunpower on them, so basically everyone), over a thousand people were sent to trial, many of which ended up in forced labor in Cayenne often to die there. The song has seven verse, one for each day of the week of the massacre, describing life after the Commune. It’s still sung in the face of police violence during protests.

La chanson du Père Duschène (1892) : An anti-clerical anarchist song, sung by Ravachol as he went to his execution. The song advises “if you want to be happy, in the name of god, hang your landlord”.

Les enfants de Cayenne (1900-ish) : The most emblamatic song against the police & prison. It had been completely forgotten until was dug up by punks musicians about 30 years ago, so I don’t have a nice version to share. The lyrics go “Death to prison guards, death to cops”, except with slurs.

La chanson de Craonne (1917) : A beautiful song sung by the mutineers of le Chemin des Dames during WWI, the soldiers were sent to slaughter & at some point they refused to go on. It’s heart-breaking, the lyrics go : “Good-bye life, good-bye love, good-bye to all women, it’s really over and forever, this atrocious war”. Desertion & mutiny been synonymous with a death sentence, choosing a death with meaning is somewhat shown as dignity restaured.

La Butte Rouge (1925) : Another song against war (in general, but it highly refers to WWI). It’s about a place (a hill) where soldiers where killed, but time passed, people forgot what happened there and moved on, while the singer will never forget.

Le Chant des partisans (1941) : The hymn of the French Resistance during WWII, literally the rallying song. Everyone knows it, it’s sung at memorials every year, also sometimes during demonstrations, kids learn it at school : “We are the one who break the bars of our brother’s prisons”.

Le Chant des Marais (1933) : Originally sung in German, wrote & sung by prisoners in concentration camps. It’s also one of the most well-known songs about WWII, sung at every memorials, many learn it at school. It’s sad and beautiful. There is also an English version, though the lyrics aren’t exactly the same (x).

I might do a follow-up with more songs, either old or more recent, if anyone is interested.

@peafowlsoul I’m can’t say anything for cartain and I’m not even infer this with too much of certainty, AS the plot and situations are ever-changing but yes. I think so.

Before :re 125 I was pretty sure he’d die of exhaustion, of his own mentally mind and for the fight, though I was still still sure he’d settle with Touka before that. I didn’t think his willingness to live would be regained so easily, as what I didn’t predict was that Touka could see so well right through him, much like only Hide did before.

Between you and me, the only one who thinks you’d be better dead is you. - :re 122

This implies clearly Touka could see through him. And how do we understand she can also pass through him and extirpate what is hurting him? Because when she asks him in :re 125 why he’s crying he, for once, doesn’t answer. Doesn’t try to justify how he would, indeed, be better off dead, how it’s better for anyone, how he will die “in style” and saving everyone, a hero’s death for a hero who doesn’t bear living. No, he doesn’t answer and he embraces her, and that is how we know he’s starting to find a cure, because he’s starting to look at something, in this case someone, that isn’t his pain.

:re 125 is not “Touken sex”. It’s Kaneki starting to heal. It’s him not only fighting for ghouls because “there happens to be ghouls he cares about”, rather because he, himself as a ghoul wants to live, because he has found a reason to live, someone to live for, more specifically.

Now this will seem to contradict what I said in the post you answered to, that he’s somehow planning to give himself up in the end to CCG for the sake of his species and well, subjects. First of all, that is an idea of mine, something I can see happening. But most of all, why do I see it happening? Because I don’t see any other way for the CCG to maintain a face if they won’t punish at least one ghoul, and specifically, their leader.

Think of it as in the French revolution. When the revolutionaries decided to decapitate king Louis XVI, they weren’t just specifically punishing him. They were condemning the Ancient Regime as a whole, the system, the social injustice, the nobles and the clergy, if not politically - which was definitely the case - at least simbolically.

This is what I see happening now. In certain terms, Furuta already did it when he punished that fake Kaneki, and I don’t think it’d be him doing it, in the future. But I can see it happening.

Remember? Kaneki’s story is, by definition, a tragedy, and in :re we were reminded that “the sky above a tragedy is clear blue”, meaning that while all ghouls walk free as a result of his sacrifice, he himself met the end of his own story and those who love saw the tragedy befall upon them.

ENOUGH

I’ve noticed a lot of people, especially Arabs calling people from Al Maghreb, French, we’re not. If people actually understood the reality of the occupation they’d understand how disgusting it is to say that, especially to Algerians. The French invasion of Algeria lasted 132 horrible years. The French soldiers frequently abused, looted from and killed the locals; it got so bad women would cover themselves in manure to avoid being raped. Moroccans, Tunisians and Algerians were treated like second class citizens in their own countries. It’s not ancient history either, the regime in Algeria ended 54 years ago, our grandparents can still remember it. It ushered in Algeria’s dark days, and political instability that continues to this day. So when you call us “French”, you’re grouping us in the same category of people, who raped and murdered millions, yes millions, of our people. To this day the French have not issued a proper apology and North Africans continue to be discriminated against and ghettoized in France (although they love taking vacations in our countries). So remember that next time you go to make some stupid ass remark, like “you’re basically French.”- An Angry Moroccan girl

“Charles de Saint-Albin, Archbishop of Cambrai” (1723) (detail) by Hyacinthe Rigaud (1659-1743).

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NEW YORK ART GALLERIES

A GUIDE

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 A self-perpetuating curse be upon those who cannot find it in themselves to feel right at home inside of Walgreens, Kmart, Duane Reade or any other NYC art gallery of significance. Many of you act skittish around the works therein and fail to appreciate the tasteful curation of time and space, overwhelmed though you may be by the spirit of place. These galleries are at their best when you do not hesitate to presume upon the largesse of their inestimable prestige and revel in the aura of abundance. The artworks are not intended as indicators of anything but your comfort; your prideful engagement with the pieces that set such spaces apart is what solidifies their greatness as works of art. 

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If and when all manners of grace and measure should escape you, simply ask for an Entity of Accompaniment and set your mind at ease as this ancient regime of inalienable artistry escorts you in your storied navigations of the senses, an interactive stimulation in plentiful varieties. 

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 If you have time to visit the ATMs of the banks on Astor Place, these smaller galleries are also richly rewarding for those with a hankering for the blithe caprice that has been the mainstay of local boutique sensibilities. For a special escape, visit at 3am, sparing yourself the often undesirable company of throngs of diurnal artist-armories and savor a retreat of authentic solitude and aesthetic peace. Simply swipe your card at the door and enter on the night of your choosing, and let the neon glow of the logo(s) offer something altogether more alien and soothing than you could have hoped for. 

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 Where there’s a Weapon, there’s a War.

Allowances can always be made for your friends to disagree with you. Disagreement, vehement disagreement, is healthy. Debate is impossible without it. Evil does not question itself, only hope questions itself. Even the incorruptible are corruptible if they cannot accept the possibility of being mistaken. Infallibility is a sin in any man. All laws can be broken and are. Often. Like when a bumblebee flies or an ancient regime is toppled.
—  Craig Ferguson

 Fanmixes: La Paramour Du Roi

“Oh. This is my lover, the King of France.”

1) Alizée - Veni Vedi Vici 2) Lana Del Rey - Carmen 3) Regina Spektor - Après Moi 4) Tarja Turunen - 500 Letters 5) St. Vincent - Paris Is Burning 6) Jenny Lewis - Rise Up With Fists 7) Agnes Obel - Fuel To Fire 8) Coeur de Pirate - Ensemble 9) Sky Ferreira - I’m On Top 10) Laura Marling - Worship Me 11) Kelly Osbourne - Secret Lover 12) Vive La Fête - Joyeux 13) Sia - Opportunity 14) Marina And The Diamonds - Immortal 

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Translation of “Namida de wa Kesenai Honoo”

From <The Fifth Archive>, I have established a connection between <what could be called consciousness> and the fifth horizon…
Where [she] lived, it is customary for dead children to be buried with twin dolls, as strange as it sounds. Who started this tradition? This horizon is subject to quite a bit of uncertainty, making observation rather difficult. The woman had experienced pregnancy and birth, but it was a sad <story> as her child was a stillborn…
The <factor> that was predicted to change the outcome of this tragedy - I attempted a [denial] of [her] ad921d60486366258809553a3db49a4a.

Well then. Is the cat within the box alive, or is it dead? Let us take a peek inside the cage…

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