Thomas Carlyle’s _The French Revolution_

If it’s violent imagery you need, or a window into revolutions more generally, or a “living deluge, plunging headlong” into British early 19th-century prose style, Thomas Carlyle’s The French Revolution (1837) should fill the bill.  If you can put up with the mannerisms of the reader, there’s a series of this stuff available now on my YouTube channel, where I’m still exploring capabilities. Continue reading Thomas Carlyle’s _The French Revolution_

Sea of Blood in the City of the Red Chamber: North Korean Opera Troupe Hits Beijing

On May 2, the Sea of Blood Theater Troupe arrived in Dandong.  Aren’t they lovely? Of interest are a few Chinese netizen comments on the opera troupe, most of which are rather sweet, with occasional mild criticisms: “Of all these beautiful women, don’t you think there will be an opportunity for one to stay behind?”, or, the old adage “Northern women are best paired with … Continue reading Sea of Blood in the City of the Red Chamber: North Korean Opera Troupe Hits Beijing