14 July At Chateau Versailles

National holidays are like that — a political postcard, not a poster, they are full of patriotic infantilism and self-congratulatory rhetorics. And it is hard not to agree with Mario Vargos Llosa that only our enemies can tell us something new about ourselves. Today at Chateau Versailles the French Royalists had a protest picnic in the park. Their message is simple and complex at the same time, What is and was didn’t and does not have to be. The simplicity of the message denies the necessity of the French Revolution. Indeed it could have ended the way it still is in Britain; the complexity of the message is Heideggerian, there is a hermeneutic loop and an answer hiding inside every question; any statement consistently developed ends up as a self-contradiction; and so when we throw their argument back at the Royalists, they are not any better than we are, Did the king need to be? Do we have to have monarchy? 

About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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