Posts Tagged: jean-jacques rousseau

The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #116: David Lazar


"Becoming an essayist has always seemed to me as a bit of a pratfall." ...more

Man Is Born Free And Everywhere He Is Being Pranked


You probably know Jean-Jacques Rousseau as the Enlightenment-era philosopher whose writings on the concept of the social contract helped ignite the French Revolution.

What you may not know is that he had a passion for playing weird tricks on people, including mooning women in alleyways and posing as a famous musician before he could even read sheet music.