Julie D’Aubigny was a 17th-century bisexual French opera singer and fencing master who killed or wounded at least ten men in life-or-death duels, performed nightly shows on the biggest and most highly-respected opera stage in the world, and once took the Holy Orders just so that she could sneak into a convent and shag a nun.
bisexual opera singer who killed ten men and snuck into a convent to shag a nun.
Just so y’all know, she later set that convent on fire so she and that nun could sneak out. And she seduced one of the men she’d dueled.
Also, dueling was a serious crime during her life, but the king of France essentially overturned her conviction on the grounds that the relevant law specifically referred to men.
What a bad bitch.
Kathryn Bigelow’s Osama bin Laden revenge-porn flick Zero Dark Thirty was the biggest publicity coup for the CIA this century outside of the actual killing of Osama bin Laden. But the extent to which the CIA shaped the film has remained unclear. Now, a memo obtained by Gawker shows that the CIA actively, and apparently successfully, pressured Mark Boal to remove scenes that made them look bad from the Zero Dark Thirty script.
Well knock me over with a feather.
Also, Jane Mayer’s book The Dark Side should be required reading on this particular topic.
“He’s always there for me, even during tough times.”
“What’s one tough time he was there for you?”
“When our dad got diagnosed with brain cancer.”
(San Francisco, CA)
This is interesting - a documentary made in 1990 about the last trains to go across Canada before they shut off the Sydney, Cape Breton route, and other routes inland. It’s made by an Australian, and as they go through the Maritimes he’s surprisingly (if dishearteningly) on point. Mom took my older sister and I on the train that year, before they shut down the line, so we’d be able to experience something that was disappearing.
Bonus: he meets Pierre Berton!! AND his bowtie