Every now and then The New York Times gives us one of those obituaries in which the writer takes clear delight in reporting on the rich, complicated life of its subject. I'm always a sucker for that kind of piece. You might not be a fan of priests or nuns (not that I'd exactly blame you), but France's Sister Emmanuelle looks like she'd have been on our side. I'm yoking this to a video of Xiu Xiu's FTW. I'd like to think that the worldly Sister Emmanuelle would have liked this one. At the very least she'd have been interested.
From the obituary:
In 1996, Sister Emmanuelle appeared on the popular television program "Bouillon de Culture,” on which she was asked by the host, Bernard Pivot, to name her favorite word. (Mr. Pivot’s interview technique was borrowed by James Lipton for “Inside the Actors Studio.”) She replied with the Arabic word that, idiomatically translated, means “Let’s go.”
“Yallah,” she said.
Then he asked for a word she hated, and she replied in English.
“Stop,” she said.
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Xiu Xiu's video: