F. González-Crussí begins his latest reflective work, On Seeing: Things Seen, Unseen, and Obscene, with Jules Michelet’s anecdote of the 1791 massacre on the Champ-de-Mars. As it turns out, a boorish hairdresser, disgusted with the turn of events in France that was threatening the heads of the nobles, and thereby his livelihood, set out to lessen his woes by inviting an equally boorish old sailor to attend a public event. The occasion...
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