June 9, 2014

What is a "Feuilleton?"


"Among the favorite subjects of such essays were anecdotes taken from the lives or correspondence of famous men and women. They bore such titles as “Friedrich Nietzsche and Women’s Fashions of 1870,” or “The Composer Rossini’s Favorite Dishes,” or “The Role of the Lapdog in the Lives of Great Courtesans,” and so on. Another popular type of article was the historical background piece on what was currently being talked about among the well-to-do, such as “The Dream of Creating Gold Through the Centuries,” or “Physico-chemical Experiments in Influencing the Weather,” and hundreds of similar subjects." -- Herman Hesse, The Glass Bead Game


Posted by gerardvanderleun at June 9, 2014 10:16 AM
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Never trust anyone over 30 or named Ziegenhalss. (Old '60s saying.)

Posted by: BillH at June 9, 2014 1:44 PM

More mental masturbation in the faculty lounge. When it gets tedious, we can always start another revolution.

Posted by: Rob De Witt at June 9, 2014 2:43 PM

Maybe a feuilleton is a relative of the kanibbly-bit throw-out bearing?

Hale Adams
Pikesville, People's Democratic Republic of Maryland

Posted by: Hale Adams at June 9, 2014 4:55 PM

Everything must have a name. "feuilleton" is as good as any other. It vibes intellectual because it's in a foreign language — not just any foreign language, like Polish or Portuguese — but French. Sacre bleu

Once we have named a thing we can control it much as the early photographers that captured souls in their little black boxes.

It is the latest best thing. Gerard is ahead of the curve on this one. Just think: we can have entire columns filled with wonderful essays on just about anything we could imagine, and a few we haven't thought of yet. Like, the accordion as an instrument for classical music.

The feasibility of yet another National Holiday:
Assholes Get a Punch in the Face Day would certainly get my vote.

Posted by: chasmatic at June 9, 2014 5:31 PM

I think The Mystic Knights of the Sea use the Feuilleton in part of their ritual.

Posted by: chasmatic at June 10, 2014 11:57 AM