As Gregory of Tours said, at the beginning of his
History of the Franks, "A great number of things have been happening; some good, others bad." Which is my way of apologizing for lying down on the blogging job. I promise an update in a couple of days.
In the meantime, allow me to make a music suggestion: "Gulag Orkestar" by Beirut. Imagine David Byrne collaborating with a gypsy caravan to make a soundtrack for a Sergio Leone western. Add some euphonium. Stir.
Yes, they have a more recent album ("The Flying Cup Club"); if you're a fan of French folk music, you will like it a lot. But G.O. is my recommendation, and I'm sticking to it. Plus, the cover photo (found in an old volume of Russian photography in a library in Leipzig) is just pretty neat.