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Listening to Charlotte Gainsbourg - Rest. I love it. Lush orchestrations that immerse you, soft-spoken singing. Some quirky instrumentations, Serge is never far away on this album.

@tom79
Merci d'avoir fait un app si bon!

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Which one of the Three Musqueteers is your favourite? Please explain!
Lequel des Trois Mousquetaires est votre préféré? Expliquez svp!
- Athos
- Porthos
- Aramis
- D'Artagnan

And one of the distractions was me going birding and discovering a rough-legged buzzard flying by, which was a new bird for my home patch, so not a bad weekend after all...

Aaahhh just finished grading a thesis and preparing tomorrow's course... That took me longer than expected (had hoped to get it done Friday). As always, I ask myself why I didn't start earlier, why I let myself be distracted by literally anything else... However, still feeling great now that it's done.

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Just read a few early stories by Chechov. Some of them are like little caricatures, short humorous sketches. It's not hard to imagine what audience they were written for: newspaper readers who wanted some 'divertissement'. Almost like today's Saturday Night Live sketches in a way.

I created another entity for book-related toots -> @BookLover

Hey, I just found out that the book I'm reading (a kind of personal anthology of the books that influenced Primo Levi) is essentially also published online: theguardian.com/books/2001/jun You should take a look at it, the selection Levi made is surprising and inspirational!

Reading Primo Levi again. Everyone should. Really. If you want to understand the twentieth century, and the human condition in general, please turn to Levi.

I've been using Twitter a lot lately while neglecting Mastodon. Let's turn that around now that I have a new phone.

J'ai retrouvé un livre de la grand-mère, Prisons et Paradis de Colette. Elle a mis un article d'un journal dedans sur Colette et il t'a beaucoup des notes. C'est fascinant que ma grand-mère soit mort depuis longtemps et que je puisse mieux la connaître quand-même, grâce à ce livre qu'elle doit avoir aimé.

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'Je m'en bats les couilles', c'était un des premiers sens Français qu'on m'a appris quand je commençai mes six mois d'étudier en France. Un pièce de vocabulaire très utile dans beaucoup de situations différentes.

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Q: How did Mastodon become so popular in Japan?

A: An exceptionally good article in "ASCII" magazine by Satoshi Endo, a long-time computer researcher in Japan, based in part on setting up and running his own Mastodon instance (8-p.net). That's a journalistic standard I'd like to see more in the West.
ascii.jp/elem/000/001/465/1465

Poem by Cesare Pavese: The Cats Will Know Show more

Reading Cesare Pavese. His novels, poems, and short stories are written in a clear and concise style, but they are very melancholic at the same time. A beautiful kind of loneliness. I can't really point out what makes them so compelling, though. There are no extraordinarily long sentences, no exquisitely crafted wordplay. Pavese just seems to describe what happens, in slices of life. But underneath there is always this wonderful melancholy.