Archive | March, 2013

The Great Gatsby

29 Mar

Last week, I reread “The Great Gatsby” for the first time since high school. I had to read it in 12th grade, but I honestly couldn’t have told you what it was about if you paid me in chocolate bars. I did remember that I didn’t like it back then.

It’s amazing how much a few years can make a difference. I found it riveting this time around and not just because I was waiting to get through 3 hours of bureaucratic waiting room nonsense. Maybe it’s because I was reading it on my own this time. I guess this means I should probably go back and try “Catcher In The Rye” again. (HAHAHAHA no. That one I legit hate.)

Did you know that the guy who made Moulin Rouge is doing the Gatsby adaptation? This trailer says I will be seeing it at some point.  Who knows, this might even be the role that gets Leo his Oscar.

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Mika

27 Mar

Okay, so this isn’t a French singer per se, but it is in French? Well, the first song is. Recently, the British singer Mika put out his first French single, “Elle Me Dit”. I unashamedly love it. Love, love, love it. It’s fun to dance to, it’s fun to sing along, it’s great all around.

 

“Elle Me Dit”

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Le Manif Pour Tous*

25 Mar

I wanted to title this post “Crowd of Bigots Descends on Paris, Mucks up Tourist Destinations” but I figured that’d be too mean. Oh wait.

haters to the left at concordeApparently, it’s never too early to teach hate.

This past weekend, some friends of mine were in town from London. We did some of the tourist sights: the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Tuileries, Invalides. Unfortunately, we left off the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysees for Sunday. Turns out, the bigots (oh, I’m sorry, should I call them gay marriage opponents?) were having a parade.

Something like 300,000 people came out in support of hatred, despite the absolutely freezing weather. Lovely. One of the more appalling signs I saw (and could translate, odds are there was a lot more offensive stuff) was “Children are not a right”, opposing adoptions for gay couples. I also especially enjoyed the quartet of priests in full collar for obvious reasons.

The three of us turned to each other and unanimously decided to spend money in a non-French, gay friendly business, so of course we ended up in the Starbucks across the road from the Louvre. Take that, bigots.

 

 

*Ironically, the name of this march was Le Manif Pour Tous or “the Demonstration For All”. Nothing says inclusivity like shitting on a minority.

Arc de Triomphe

22 Mar

I went a little stir crazy last week, so when I went out last Saturday, I spontaneously decided to go visit another national monument. Not one of my bright brain blasts, considering it was hella cold, my camera’s kinda broken, and I forgot my residence permit (which means free entrance to almost all museums/monuments/cultural whatevers). Anywho, I had fun.

the arc

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Bilingual Bonus

20 Mar

Today in French music, we’re going to look at the rising trend of songs in more than one language. It’s really quite common these days for a song to start in French and then switch to English for the hook. I’m not sure why, maybe to increase their potential audience? I’m not certain this is a viable business strategy. I mean, I don’t know know Korean but I certainly enjoyed “Gangam Style”. Anyways, here’s a few which I think you might like.

First off, the weird one. The first time I heard this song, I though high school had come back to haunt my radio. This is a mash-up of Sean Paul and Simple Plan. Yeah, you read that correctly. SEAN PAUL and SIMPLE PLAN. In French. I don’t even know, you guys.

Simple Plan ft. Sean Paul, “Summer Paradise”

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Tropes vs. Women in Video Games

18 Mar

Anita Sarkeesian’s long-awaited video on sexism in video games came out last week and damn, was it good. Yes, the video runs a little long at 23 minutes, but it’s definitely worth a watch. It goes into great depth on the development of video games, the kinds of stories they tell, and how this all relates to gender equality. I’d also suggest watching other Feminist Frequency videos, they’re a great primer on sexism in popular culture.

Happy Ides of March!

15 Mar

ides(via tumblr user zainab)

CAESAR:
Who is it in the press that calls on me?
I hear a tongue, shriller than all the music,
Cry “Caesar.” Speak, Caesar is turn’d to hear.

SOOTHSAYER:
Beware the ides of March.

CAESAR:
What man is that?

BRUTUS:
A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.

CAESAR:
Set him before me; let me see his face.

CASSIUS:
Fellow, come from the throng; look upon Caesar.

CAESAR:
What say’st thou to me now? Speak once again.

SOOTHSAYER:
Beware the ides of March.

CAESAR:
He is a dreamer; let us leave him. Pass.

Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Scene II v. 18-28