Le thé dans Albertine disparue, le livre VI de A la recherche du temps perdu, de Marcel Proust
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5d ago
Nous continuons notre étude du mot 'thé' dans la Recherche de Proust. Ce sixième tome est le plus court (250 pages) et le plus intimiste, voire même le plus triste, et il est donc, je trouve, assez normal que le thé y soit bien moins présent. Je n'ai compté qu'une seule mention de ce mot!  En effet, nous avons vu que le thé joue surtout un rôle social dans cette France du début du XX siècle.. Il donne l'occasion aux grands bourgeois et aux nobles de se retrouver quotidiennement chez les uns ou chez les autres. Or, comme nous le suggère le titre de l'ouvrage, la disparition d'Albertine ..read more
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Hanging paintings, one of 4 leisure activities
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by TeaMasters
3w ago
A poem by emperor Song Huizong under a painting of two birds on a blossoming wax plum Tao Qian admiring chrysanthemums, Zhao Lingrang Last October, I visited the National Palace Museum with my tea classmates to see the exhibition 'Four leisure activities : arranging flowers, burning incense, hanging paintings, tasting tea.' These were the top four leisure activities of the Song dynasty, around the 12th century. (Today, it would be luxury tourism, fast cars, modern art and fine wine?) The concept of the exhibition was interesting: combining 4 leisure activities that were cent ..read more
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Le thé dans La Prisonnière, le livre V de A la recherche du temps perdu, de Marcel Proust
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by TeaMasters
1M ago
Nous continuons à recenser et à analyser chaque utilisation du mot 'thé' ou 'tea' dans la Recherche de Proust. L'idée de cette étude m'est venue à l'occasion de la lecture en groupe de cette oeuvre en un an, sous la direction d'Olivier F Delasalle. Je réalise donc chaque analyse à la fin de chaque livre, sans avoir lu le prochain. Ce détail dans la méthode est important, car il va nous permettre de voir si le sens de ce mot évolue ou non dans l'oeuvre. Pour l'instant, nous remarquons surtout qu'après avoir continuellement diminué jusqu'à 3 mentions dans Sodome, le nombre de fois que 'thé' es ..read more
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The year 2022 in 12 pictures
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by TeaMasters
1M ago
Once again, there were lots of great pictures this year, but I need your help to know which are the two pictures that I should turn into postcards that will serve as gifts for your orders on tea-masters.com  The voting takes place here on Facebook. Press the Like button for the picture or 2 pictures you like best. In a week, I'll see which pictures have the most Likes and will have them printed.  Right now, I still have postcards from 2018 to 2021 in stock. This means that a new customer could make 4 or 5 orders in 2023 and receive 4 or 5 different sets of postcards! 12. December ..read more
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The top 10 videos of 2022
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by TeaMasters
1M ago
I started making videos to connect with the many tea friends who couldn't come and take classes with me in Taiwan because of the pandemic. And now that these restrictions have been lifted, I wonder if I should continue them... I will continue as long as I feel that you find them valuable through the knowledge, inspiration, shared experience.. that they bring. The new monthly tea interviews have gathered lots of views and I'll continue in this direction. My second change this fall are 'semester classes' paired with a tea sampler built around a theme. With this new format, you know which tea I ..read more
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The top 5 articles of 2022 - les 5 articles les plus lus
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by TeaMasters
1M ago
 Merry Christmas and happy holidays! Joyeux Noël et joyeuses fêtes! If I write so inclusively, both in English and French, it's for a reason: this year, several posts in French made it to the top of this list, which is quite unusual and I don't know if this has a profund meaning. Si j'écris de manière si inclusive, en anglais et en français, c'est car plusieurs articles en français ont réussi l'exploit de figurer parmi les plus lus et je ne sais pas s'il faut y voir un changement dans mon lectorat ou une autre raison particulière! One thing I did notice is that I wrote 4 out of 5 of these ..read more
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24 Advent Chaxi of 2022
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by TeaMasters
1M ago
Below, in no particular order (except for the last one), I share the 23 Chaxi I made and 1 I experienced this year while waiting for Christmas. Most pictures were simply taken with my phone, without any enhancements, because I wanted to post them daily and quickly on Instagram. The Advent gave me a wonderful opportunity and incentive to brew great teas with my most cherished tea ware! And I'm glad that I did, because teas or wares that you never drink or never use have no reality. Carpe diem! Seize the day and enjoy the best of what life (and your tea stash) can offer!  I hope these pict ..read more
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The tea visitors are back!
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by TeaMasters
1M ago
Taiwan lifted its Covid quarantine mid October and now the international tea visitors are coming back! I'm glad and honored that I'm still one of the tea persons to meet for people who travel thousands of miles to this tea treasure island! This honor also obliges me to provide relevant and interesting information and teas to my guests.  The very first one was Zac from the US. He's in the process of building a tea business and I tried my best to introduce him to Taiwan's most popular and affordable teas. The #1 is the Si Ji Chun Oolong. Pictured above, we tasted its Dong Pian version ..read more
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Le thé dans Sodome et Gomorrhe, de Marcel Proust
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by TeaMasters
2M ago
Le 18 novembre marqua le centenaire de la mort de Marcel Proust, mort à mon âge, 51 ans. A cette occasion, je continue mon étude du mot 'thé' dans La Recherche. Vous pouvez retrouver mon étude dans Du Côté de chez Swann, A l'Ombre des Jeunes Filles en Fleur, et Le côté de Guermantes dans ces liens. C'est au tour de Sodome et Gomorrhe de nous livrer ses secrets! Il y quelques mois, je lus dans un article de Jarrod Hayes intitulé 'Proust in the Tearoom' que le mot thé aurait des connotations sexuelles et notamment gay. Pour cet auteur, 'prendre le thé' signifierait 'copuler ..read more
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The seasons of Oriental Beauty Oolong
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by TeaMasters
2M ago
Did you enjoy this week's lesson (the amazing 1980s Dong Ding Oolong)? 2 Tie Guan Yin Oolongs remain to be studied in the current Oolong class and then we'll move towards a different type of tea: high oxidation! So, part of the winter semester, we will devote to Oriental Beauty Oolong! I was able to set up a very interesting sampler made from Oriental Beauties made by the same farmer in Hsin Chu county where each sample was harvested in a different season. Summer 2022 Oriental Beauty This sampler will enable us to taste and analyze these 3 teas and better understand how the season's ..read more
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