May 5th, 2006

blame it on the bacardi

Es muy facil, es mucho mejor

I just saw Red Dust for the first time. It was sexy.

Had a big stress/crying fit last night over uni and work. I don't know how I'm going to get through the next few weeks.

Stel, like totes zomgz, these Spanish songs are good. "Es Muy Facil" makes me happy. And "Oye" is just "Hey There" in Spanish, isn't it? It reminds me of the time I heard that Destiny's Child song "Independent Woman" in Hungarian. Funky.

I'm going to listen to lectures, then go for a walk then summarise a book due in tomorrow. The last one will be tricky because Jeremy Black is the most boring historian on the planet. A good historian, and his work forms an important part of my argument in this essay, but I fall asleep every time I try to read his books. Dear historians, please try to be interesting. Nobody is going to be interested in the tactical military reforms of Gustavus Adolphus at the rate you're all going so far.

Spanish, Italian and French historians are way funner. They use exclamation marks, write paragraphs that go nowhere and get really passionate about things like the spread of the trace italienne over the Alps in the 15th century. Or was it the 16th? I know nothing.

Next history course I take I want to do cultural or social history again. That's where the fun is. Last year I got to study 16th century peasant life in France and read this brilliant book on French folktales. The French version of Little Red Riding Hood is crazy - the wolf makes her eat her own grandmother and then strip and get into bed with him before he eats her. Then I read the story of The Great Cat Massacre... which I won't go into here, most people get really freaked out by it, with reason. But that's the fun history - I enjoy studyig politics and economics and wars up to a point, but what I really love is studying culture and mentalities and ordinary lives, which is notoriously difficult to write about, but absolutely fascinating.

Oh God, I just spammed your flists with my history nerd-dom. Sorry. I'll go listen to those lectures now.

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