The Links You Need in Your Life
First up, take a look at two of Hugo’s houses that have been preserved as historical sites ( Paris Musée): “Victor Hugo’s Houses Paris/ Guernesey.” I’ve officially added these to my bucket list as if it wasn’t already long enough.
In the mood for a podcast? Well, technically it’s a radio show created by John Lienhard entitled “Engine of Our Ingenuity.” They offer this particular show as a transcript and as audio, featuring special guest Rob Zaretsky: “No. 2293: Victor Hugo and Architecture.” Here’s an excerpt from the transcript: “For Frollo — or, rather, Hugo — the history of architecture is the history of writing. Before the printing press, mankind communicated through architecture. From Stonehenge to the Parthenon, alphabets were inscribed in “books of stone.” Rows of stones were sentences, Hugo insists, while Greek columns were “hieroglyphs” pregnant with meaning.”
Are you Disney fan? Take a look at the “Disneyfied, or Disney Tried?” article looking at the differences between Hugo’s Notre Dame and Disney’s animated version: “The Hunchback of Notre Dame vs. Notre Dame de Paris.” This may be the most beautifully worded excerpt I’ve ever featured: “The last time this word was carved into anything it didn’t bode well (see Connor: Sarah) so if you were one of those people who was upset that Quasi didn’t get the girl in the end, you might want to turn back now, lest your sanity be lost forever. For everyone else, feel free to bring along some valium and join Esmeralda in praying for the outcast – this one’s going to hurt.” I highly recommend this article.
Lastly, here’s a link for our literary cartography lovers: “Mapping Gothic France: Hugo, Victor.” As I’m slightly obsessed with literary cartography, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t come across this site before. Here’s their own description: “With a database of images, texts, charts and historical maps, Mapping Gothic France invites you to explore the parallel stories of Gothic architecture and the formation of France in the 12th and 13th centuries, considered in three dimensions: Space, Time and Narrative.”
That’s it for today, my friends. Check back tomorrow for Franz Kafka.