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I was thinking this morning how easily I could have been born German (some of my earliest memories are even located in Trier, its Porta nigra and its Landesmuseum, and I presume the fact I don’t mind wearing socks in sandals is some kind of atavism) and how great it would have been to read Ernst Juenger dans le texte, enjoy Ideal’s Erschiessen and being actually able to sing along without butchering the song with my French accent, wouldn’t have to work four hours a week on Duolingo, and still be confused by  Wallisertüütsch. 

But on the other end, I would have miss Arthur Rimbaud and Georges Brassens, which are both France’s greatest gifts to the world with radioactivity (which is in the air for you and me), rhum agricole, smokeless gunpowder,  and vaccines, and I would have been unable to butcher Thiéfaine at 14, not really understanding what he was singing about, but happy as a clam nevertheless.

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I wish you an excellent New Year, full of grace, joy, peace, health and prosperity. 

So here’s Philippe Léotard chanting Arthur Rimbaud’s Le Bateau îvre

Manu Manuréva
Où es-tu Manu Manuréva
Bateau fantôme toi qui rêvas
Des îles et qui jamais n’arriva
Là-bas

Où es-tu Manu Manuréva
Portée disparue Manuréva
Des jours et des jours tu dérivas
Mais jamais jamais tu n’arrivas
Là-bas

As-tu abordé les côtes de Jamaïca
Oh héroïque Manuréva
Es-tu sur les récifs de Santiago de Cuba
Où es-tu Manuréva
Dans les glaces de l’Alaska

Où es-tu Manu Manuréva
Tu es parti oh Manuréva
A la dérive Manuréva
Là-bas

As-tu aperçu les lumières de Nouméa
Oh héroïque Manuréva
Aurais-tu sombré au large de Bora Bora
Où es-tu Manuréva
Dans les glaces de l’Alaska

Où es-tu Manu Manuréva
Portée disparue Manuréva
Des jours et des jours tu dérivas
Mais jamais jamais tu n’arrivas
Là-bas

Manuréva pourquoi ?

Which is wildly appropriate for Léotard, being himself quite the drunkard (think French Bukowski, if Bukowski was an actor and the brother of one ot the most important French politician of the 80s). 

To keep on with your google conversation: What are your favorite movies from the 80s?

To be honest, if I’m looking in my top 50 movies of all times, there are two big periods I’m into : mid-sixties to late-seventies, then mid-nineties to 2010. If I think eighties music is unfairly seen as empty-headed new-wave or hungover post-disco, I can’t really say I like a lot this period cinema. In fact, I had to search long and hard to find ten titles I can vouch for (in no particular order):

TAPS

The Breakfast Club

Mauvais sang

Red Dawn

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

– Blade Runner

Papy fait de la résistance

– Tenue de soirée

– Blue Velvet

– Drugstore Cowboy

They Live!

And as bonus, First Blood, because :

David Morrell says that in choosing the name Rambo he was inspired by “the sound of force” in the name of Rambo apples, which he encountered in Pennsylvania. Peter Gunnarsson Rambo
sailed from Sweden to New Sweden (SE Pennsylvania/Southern NJ/Northern
Delaware) in the 1640s, and soon the name would flourish in New Sweden.
Today, many of his descendants can still be found in this region of the
US. Morrell felt that its pronunciation was similar to the surname of Arthur Rimbaud, the title of whose most famous work
A Season in Hell, seemed to him “an apt metaphor for the prisoner-of-war experiences that I imagined Rambo suffering”.[8]
Furthermore, an Arthur J. Rambo was an actual U.S. soldier in Vietnam,
but he never returned. His name can be seen on the Vietnam War Memorial
wall in Washington, DC. By sheer coincidence, the Japanese word “rambō”
(乱暴) means “violent” or “rough”. He was granted the first name “John” as
a reference to the song “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again”.


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laurentbelkacem:

Minimal technical library.

Of course, four-yearish later, it’s obsolete. I’ve got almost everything I need on my ereader or my tablet. I think that there are about 40-50 books still not digitized that I need, a problem that will be solved in 2017 at the latest.

*****

I’m rebloging this because I have to admit I’m lacking material to post – I probably won’t have anything new to take picture of, apart from clouds, guns, snow and mountains (and it quickly gets old), for at least a week, and I’m still working on text posts (mostly about music, cinema, books and cars). I see that as a retrospectival interlude.

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laurentbelkacem:

Minimal technical library.

Of course, four-yearish later, it’s obsolete. I’ve got almost everything I need on my ereader or my tablet. I think that there are about 40-50 books still not digitized that I need, a problem that will be solved in 2017 at the latest.

*****

I’m rebloging this because I have to admit I’m lacking material to post – I probably won’t have anything new to take picture of, apart from clouds, guns, snow and mountains (and it quickly gets old), for at least a week, and I’m still working on text posts (mostly about music, cinema, books and cars). I see that as a retrospectival interlude.

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This is officialy my favourite bar in the world. Too bad it was closed when I was there.

…and with this we’re concluding this Belgian serie from October 2014. 

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almosttransparentblue001:

_What are you thinking about Corto?

_Arthur Rimbaud, a French poet. In these moments I don’t think of anything else.