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I'm David. I live in Astoria. During the day I work at a startup. Other times I visit bookstores.
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Everything I know about Easter I learned from John Allison’s Scary-Go-Round. The story starts here.

"The Apotheosis of Hoche

Jean-Luc Melenchon, the candidate of the far left, who had the undeniably robust idea of taxing anything over three hundred thousand Euros, or just under four hundred thousand dollars, at a hundred per cent.
In psychogeography, a dérive is an unplanned journey through a landscape, usually urban, where an individual travels where the subtle aesthetic contours of the surrounding architecture and geography subconsciously direct them with the ultimate goal of encountering an entirely new and authentic experience. Situationist theorist Guy Debord defines the dérive as “a mode of experimental behavior linked to the conditions of urban society: a technique of rapid passage through varied ambiances.” He also notes that “the term also designates a specific uninterrupted period of dériving.” The term is literally translated into English as drift.

Michel Lotito (June 15, 1950 - June 25, 2007) was a French entertainer, born in Grenoble, famous for deliberately consuming indigestible objects. He came to be known as Monsieur Mangetout (“Mister Eat All The Things”).

His performances involved the consumption of metal, glass, rubber and other materials. He disassembled, cut-up, and consumed bicycles, shopping carts, televisions, a Cessna 150, and other items. The Cessna 150 took roughly two years to be “eaten,” from 1978 to 1980. He began eating unusual material as a child around 9 years of age and performed publicly from 1966.

Anne-Josèphe Théroigne de Méricourt was quick-witted, strikingly handsome in appearance and intensely passionate in temper; and she had a vigorous eloquence, which she used with great effect upon the mobs of Paris during that short space of her life (1789–1793) which alone is of historical interest.

On the outbreak of the Revolution, she was surrounded by a coterie of well-known men, chief of whom were Pétion and Desmoulins; but she did not play the role which legend has assigned her. She took no part in the storming of the Bastille nor in the days of the 5th and 6 October, when the women of Paris brought King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette from Versailles. In 1790 she had a political salon and spoke once at the club of the Cordeliers.

Known henceforth as la belle Liègeoise, she appeared in public dressed in a riding habit, a plume in her hat, a pistol in her belt and a sword dangling at her side, and excited the mob by violent harangues. Associated with the Girondists and the enemies of Robespierre, she became in fact the Fury of the Gironde. She commanded in person the 3rd corps of the so-called army of the faubourgs on the 20 June 1792, and again won the gratitude of the people.

At the end of May 1793, the Jacobin women seized her, stripped her naked, and flogged her in the public garden of the Tuileries. The following year she became insane. She started to live naked - refusing to wear any garments, in memory of the outrage she had suffered. She was removed to a private house, thence in 1800 to La Salpêtrière for a month, and thence to a place of confinement called the Petites Maisons, where she remained a raving maniac till 1807. She was then again removed to La Salpêtrière, where she died, never having recovered her reason, on 9 June 1817.

Time For Outrage is a great little book.

"un brin de fierte" (a hint of pride) - Prototypes - Prototypes