Morning Coffee

Continuing on the French kick boys and girls, Jacques Brel rocking, "La Valse à Mille Temps." Brel and Stereolab are basically my soundtrack these days.


I was talking to someone who's a little older than me a few days ago. He mentioned going to France as high-school exchange student in the 60s and how the daughter in the family was crazy for Jacques Brel. Through the blogging here, he was seeing a lot of this Brel stuff for the first time. It's easy to forget how, once, if you missed a movie, you just missed it. If you never saw Jacques Brel live, you just didn't. 

But YouTube isn't just the immediate past, it's the pre-internet past. In this way, it is now possible to (if this makes sense) to have a fundamentally different experience of the past--even when you were there.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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