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One Degree of Nicholas Cage…

“Founded on the belief that everything in life would be better with a little more Nic Cage,” Nic Cage as Everyone:

Many, many more– “bettering the world, one image at a time”– at Nic Cage as Everyone.

As we reflect on resemblance, we might note that today is a good day (not that every day isn’t a good day) to question authority, as it was on this date in 1898 that Emile Zola’s inflammatory “letter to the editor,” “J’accuse,” was printed in the newspaper L’Aurore.  The letter exposed a military cover-up: Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a French army captain, had been accused of espionage in 1894 and sentenced by a secret military court-martial to imprisonment in a South American penal colony. Two years later, evidence of Dreyfus’ innocence surfaced, but was suppressed by the army.  Zola’s letter excoriated the military for concealing its mistaken conviction.

Zola, who had become one of France’s best-known writers with the publication of his 1877 best seller, The Drunkard, stirred outrage on both sides of the issue.  Supporters of the military sued Zola for libel.  He was convicted and sentenced to one year’s imprisonment, but fled France to avoid the sentence.  Then, in 1899, Dreyfus was pardoned– though for political reasons he wasn’t exonerated until 1906… four years after Zola, who returned to France shortly after Dreyfus’ pardon, had died.

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Written by LW

January 13, 2010 at 1:01 am

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