Tea With Chris: Filles du Roi

Tea With Chris is a roundup of recommended links, posted every Thursday. Here are a few of our favourite things from the Internet this week:

Chris: I am in, let’s say, a melancholy mood, so this proto-FAQ of the most annoying responses Jaime Hernandez received to Love & Rockets was strangely cheering:

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Margaux: I guess there are only so many faces – Doppelgangers.

This is the best thing in the world – My Parents’ Reaction to the Les Misérables Movie (The Original)

Carl: A trio of parables:

a. I find the New York Times ongoing online series about anxiety very soothing, either because I share the anxieties or because (whew!) I don’t. This week, however, it reached a new level by inviting the great Hungarian novelist Laszlo Krasznahorkai to contribute this piece that is about anxiety but quickly becomes about bullying and then quickly about fascism and then – something else. Especially noteworthy if you remember our conversation about what’s going on in Hungary.

b. From the Kafkaesque to the fairy-tale-like, I enjoyed Heather O’Neill’s Montreal sex fantasy in Hazlitt’s Tabloid Fiction series, especially the way it folds in the real-life history of the filles du roi of New France to explain the everlasting mystery of why people in Quebec are so pretty.

c. And then there is this amazing story of a Russian family that cut itself off from civilization. Feel free to draw wildly inappropriate conclusions, like all the people in the comments afterwards, but read it.

Speaking of being cut off from civilization, reports have surfaced about the Pere Ubu ballet in the 1980s that I always thought was a myth. And someone has written a book about the great British eccentric musician Kevin Coyne.

I don’t know if this video for one of my favourite songs by The Ex, State of Shock, was made by a fan or was somehow officially commissioned, but it’s perfect:

Here is a documentary about Can.

And goodbye this week to the poet Anselm Hollo and to the improv musician and conductor Butch Morris.

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