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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

Crying is required

Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution

Simon Schama




This is île des Peupliers [Popular Island] in northern France. Under the trees once rested the body of the philosopher of the virtues of natural man: feeling over thought, country virtue over courtly manners, nature over culture. For the visiting pilgrims to Jean-Jacques Rousseau's island of green, crying would have been implicitly required.