"You happen to be standing in the freest spot of the empire, the bureau of censorship; you may come here everyday and read whatsoever you please."
Gerard de Nerval, Angèlique, (Richard Sieburth translator)
#/HOWLS#snark #French snark #the best kind of snark
#bro no. 1 is studying pre-revolution French
#censorship#it was weirdly and hilariously not that enforced
#like if one censor censored your book you could shop around until you found one who approved it
#it was wild stuff #man
Nerval actually references that! Like, it’s on the page right before this. The whole story is a five-layer-snark cake about censorship and publishing and it is all AMAZING.
Woah, when was this? Bro #1’s academic work is mostly in the 1750s, I think. (And I’d heard of the historical orator Bosset in his dissertation thanks to you, I think!)