“Nobody is ever gonna listen to this.” – me, July 2016
Welcome back to The Land of Desire, a French history podcast dedicated to exploring all the weird adventures, mysteries and surprising backstories behind French cultural icons. This week, I’m offering a BONUS episode to celebrate…10,000 DOWNLOADS! Considering I only launched this podcast 8 weeks ago, I’m absolutely boggled at the response it’s received, and I’m so thankful to each and every one of you! To show my thanks, here’s a little themed episode about the number 10,000…
Obviously this milestone is thanks to the folks at the iTunes Music Store, who have been featuring The Land of Desire on their front page since last week! I’m blown away by all you new listeners, and I’m eager to hear your feedback and suggestions for the show. 🙂 In the future, I hope to write a comprehensive post talking about how this has affected my listener numbers, since a lot of other podcast producers are curious about things like that.
Marie Antoinette’s Head: The Royal Hairdresser, The Queen, And The Revolution (Will Bashor, 2013)
Go watch Marie Antoinette if, for some unfathomable reason, you haven’t done so already. It’s beautiful and dreamy, it has a terrific soundtrack, but it ALSO has a great montage of ever-ridiculous hairstyle creation. One of its more successful attempts at image-rehabilitation comes during her makeover scene, when she joins in the Rousseau-inspired trend towards natural expressions and sentiments by debuting a shockingly relaxed style of dress and hair. To modern eyes, her look is still pretty fancy, but compared to the powdered, feathered, bejeweled Marge Simpson towers of the past, it was a pretty radical break.
The Essence of Style (Joan DeJean, 2006)
“A Haircut for French Taxpayers? Hollande’s $10,000-a-Month Stylist Is Revealed” (New York Times, July 2016)
“Balding French President Hollande Spends $132,000 On His Hair Each Year” (Vanity Fair, July 2016)