There seems something in the American psyche that is incapable of treating French people, as, well, ordinary people. That is probably because it is drilled into the American subconscious by now almost from birth that “the French” stand out among Europeans as particularly “mean”…
I voted for her in 2016. I did so because she was much more experienced and competent than him. And I feel 2020 has PROVEN that to be correct.
I presume if you are reading this that this letter has reached you safely.
That ignoramus who does not know one of the most basic facts about the history of the presidency actually has the nerve to lecture professional historians that he knows what constitutes “patriotic” history.
Yesterday I was pretty harsh about some “writing chat” on Twitter. That was in the context of those who use the platform for – I feel – professional exposure, yet appear to back away from actually saying much of anything truly substantive. A writer must never be fearful and bland.
Let us candidly admit we made a big mistake and were taken in by this sleazy con artist and will correct that error.
Sadly I am sure my old place of study and employer is not alone in taking the view that “History” is not nearly as necessary “nowadays” as is, say, “Veterinary Studies.”
I know I “changed” during 2017, and I realize I never asked readers, nor really even much wondered aloud on here, if you as a reader would be “happy” about that “shift.”
Obviously casual international travel is not happening currently. Thinking back, before air travel, and particularly before steamships (like Titanic), in the age of sail reaching Europe from the U.S. regularly took 4-6 weeks and longer. (If the ship did not sink and you made it alive.) Short getaways were unknown naturally…
I thought I’d write back after your last missive, because I have to ask: Are you kidding? You must have been drunk. Or have they put something in the water in Vermont?
Try to “prove” history itself. As an exercise, I regularly asked new history and politics students to “prove” yesterday actually even occurred.
When in late August and September 1789 word first began to reach the new United States of America of the upheaval of two hundred thirty-one years ago today that had occurred in the capital of America’s closest ally…
All things considered, even if she had flopped across the pond that would have been far better for her: Miss Baarová should indeed have gone to Hollywood.
In 2020 as Americans yet again we are extra-engaged in reflecting upon what we were and what we are, what we believe, whether we really act on what we state we believe, and how we may put such beliefs into better practice.
I knew a Frenchwoman with diabetes and more than once she did that right in front of me, so it ended up in one of my novels.