Notes and Reflections on Books and Media
by Hannah Leitheiser
Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution
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.