Jan
28

Returning

I’ve returned for the last semester of my undergraduate career, and instead of celebrating, I’ve been in bed sick for the past week. But now that I’m feeling better, I can move with greater swiftness towards the finish line! I don’t have any sentimentality at the moment, mainly because I haven’t really had time for…
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Jan
28

At the Movies

This is slightly tangential, but given that anything seems to go when it comes to blogging, I think this is acceptable. I recently came across a scoring assignment for one of my favorite composers, James Horner (I’m a huge film score buff) called The 33.  It turns out that this is a film about the…
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Jan
28

Corons

I’ll take this opportunity to discuss an important ‘theme’ that will be apparent in my honors thesis, which is the development of the corons in France. The term may appear by itself odd. It doesn’t seem to mean, even in French, what it actually means: a French coal mining village. Ville de charbon comes more…
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Jan
28

Fall break

I’m happy to say that much was accomplished over my Fall break. The tedious task of transcribing, recording, and categorizing 7 million francs worth of aid, both foreign and domestic, given to families of victims is much closer to completion, which means I’m much closer to analyzing them.

Jan
28

Writing style

I’ve found that my writing process is slightly strange. I’m now at page 50 on my first chapter, and I’m not done! One of the things that I like to do is to really get into the ‘how’ of why something happens. For Courriéres, this means understanding the history of miners, the development of mining…
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