The table of contents for every French novel ever.
1. The Emptiness And Banalities Of Rural Life Are Disgusting
2. The Baroness Is Seduced
3. The Student’s Slow, Painful Disillusionment Takes Place Over A Marvelous Nine-Course Banquet
4. A Casual Remark Drives The Gendarme To Suicide
5. An Anti-Semitic Aside
6. A Young Woman Cynically Eats A Pheasant
7. A Mid-Level Bureaucrat Tells A Harmless Lie That Results In The Death Of Dozens
8. Liberties Are Delightfully Taken
9. A Prostitute Remembers The Past Fondly
10. A Charming Letter Is Received With Malice
11. A Symbol Of Human Decency Dies Horribly
12. Nothing Is As It Seems
13. Satisfaction Proves Elusive To The Country Doctor
14. Convention Is Overturned
15. Nothing Is Any Good And Here Is An Exhaustive Description Of The Internal Rules Governing The Parisian Baker’s Union
16. 400 Pages Analyzing Waterloo
17. The Bishop’s Atheism Is Revealed Over A Listless Game Of Cards
18. Suicide: Why Not?
19. The Affair Becomes Less Exciting As Time Wears On
20. Time Wears On
21. The Libertine Plucks The Lace At His Cuffs And Laughs Lightly Before Dying
22. The Baroness Is Corrupted
23. The Hypocrisies And Machinations Of Court Life Are Disgusting
24. The Baroness Is Disgraced
[15 June 1977]
Begin anywhere. It will unravel.
—Robert Creeley, letter quoted by Sherman Paul in The Lost America of Love: Rereading Robert Creeley, Edward Dorn, and Robert Duncan (via heteroglossia)
Thank you, Mr. Sputnik. You will never know how big a noise you made. You gave us a shock which hit many people as hard as Pearl Harbor. You hit our pride a frightful blow. You suddenly made us realize that we are not the best in everything. You reminded us of an old-fashioned American word, humility.
You woke us up out of a long sleep.
You made us realize a nation can talk too much, too long, too hard about money. A nation, like a man, can grow soft and complacent. It can fall behind when it thinks it is Number One in everything. Comrade Sputnik, you taught us more about the Russians in one hour than we had learned in forty years.
—"Thank You, Mr. Sputnik", Gabriel Heatter/January 1958 (via demons)
your answers to this question are consistently a+
I feel like we all learn a lot on this journey together. There are just so many problems with saints to explore. Nearly a hundred. Probably just one less than a hundred, actually.
this is sublime
surely you mean subleyeme