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Archived Since:April 27, 2010

Blog Post Archive

Women in Translation Month

Over at her blog, the blogger Biblibio is coordinating an effort to get more online critics/reviewers to discuss works in translation (the language of transference being up to each individual to determine) written by women. It is a very...Show More Summary

Lev Grossman, The Magician's Land

He stood there for a long time, feeling the cool roughness of the stone rim. It was reassuringly solid. The fountain was his last connection to his old life, the one where he'd been a king in a magical land. He didn't want it to be over; it wouldn't really be over till he let go and walked away. Show More Summary

Joyce Carol Oates, Carthage

In Carthage, there are some people who do not "support" the war – the wars. But they support our troops, they make that clear. Daddy has always made that clear. Daddy respects you. Daddy is just awkward now, he doesn't know how to talk to you but that's how some men are. Show More Summary

July 2014 Reads

Averaged exactly one book a day for the month of July, as I completed 31 books. Most of these, unlike other months, were in English, as I concentrated on reviewing as many 2014 releases as I could manage. 20 of the 31 have already been...Show More Summary

J.R.R. Tolkien, Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary

Lo! the glory of the kings of the people of the Spear-Danes in days of old we have heard tell, how those princes did deeds of valour. Oft Scyld Scefing robbed the hosts of foemen, many peoples, of the seats where they drank their mead,...Show More Summary

A continued exercise in translation: more from Roberto Arlt's "The Little Hunchback"

Below is the part that I translated last year, followed by the first draft of the next half-page. I will be editing this for smoothness this weekend, followed by more pages: The diverse and exaggerated rumors spread as the result of the behavior that I observed in the company of Rigoletto, the hunchback, in Mrs. Show More Summary

Simon Ings, Wolves

Falling in love with a person is hard. Falling in love with a world is easy. Confusing the two loves is easier still. I spend the day wandering round the house in mourning for it all. Mandy's kitchen. Mandy's underwear. Mandy's pillows and shoes. Show More Summary

Adam Sternbergh, Shovel Ready

I kill men. I kill women because I don't discriminate. I don't kill children because that's a different kind of psycho. I do it for money. Sometimes for other forms of payment. But always for the same reason. Because someone asked me to. Show More Summary

Finally resumed working on a long-delayed translation project

Just a brief note: I am planning on devoting some time in the coming weeks to completing a translation project of a story collection that I believe is now in public domain. When I finish the first story and have revised it, I'll check and see about posting here. Show More Summary

Andrés Neuman, Talking to Ourselves

Yesterday I didn't feel so good, I tried to take a nap, then your mum came back, I had a bad night, bah, we both did, I've been thinking a lot lately about when she and I met, it's amazing to think we might have lived different lives,...Show More Summary

Here are a few more books I plan on reviewing this coming week

Managed to get most of this past week's planned reviews written (the two I didn't, I'll try to review Sunday), with another added to the mix. This coming week, I'd like to review most, if not all, of the following (not in planned review...Show More Summary

Scott Cheshire, High as the Horses' Bridles

But first they sit. They face the empty stage, awaiting the opening song and prayer, the first speaker of the day to take the stage. Not just any stage beneath any painted sky. Up there, you'll find no less than the heavens of Venice. Show More Summary

Can Xue, The Last Lover

Joe heard this chatter and found the man disagreeable. He picked up his book to read again. He couldn't understand its contents, and even the characters' names had changed. The plot seemed to speak of a serving cook avenging herself on her unfaithful lover. Show More Summary

2014 Booker Prize longlist announced

This year, American writers were eligible for consideration for the first time and four were selected to the 2014 shortlist (Ferris, Fowler, Hustvedt, Powers). Don't know much about these books yet, but I shall...soon. The Fowler I read last year and plan on reviewing it later this year and I already had the Mitchell pre-ordered. Show More Summary

Cristovão Tezza, O Professor

Acordou de um sono difícil: sobre algo que parecia um leito, estava abraçado ao inimigo, que tentava aproximar os lábios dos seus. Não quis ser ríspido, entretanto, empurrá-lo para longe, como seria o óbvio, talvez agredi-lo com um soco; apenas desviou o rosto, dizendo algo que agora não conseguia mais ouvir, na claridade da manhã. Show More Summary

Lydia Davis, Can't and Won't

The dog is gone. We miss him. When the doorbell rings, no one barks. When we come home late, there is no one waiting for us. We still find his white hairs here and there around the house and on our clothes. We pick them up. We should throw them away. Show More Summary

Shane Jones, Crystal Eaters

It feels good to believe in one hundred. They walk through the village wondering how many they have left. Everything is hit with sun. Tin roofs glare. Wooden structures glow. The city appeared at the horizon like a mountain range decades...Show More Summary

Review plans for this week

Since completing the 40 reviews in 40 days personal challenge on the 16th, I've taken a mini-break from reviewing here. However, I plan on reviewing several books this week. Below are the titles (not in exact order) that I aim to have...Show More Summary

June 2014 Reads

June was a slower reading month for me, perhaps in part because I spent most of the month engaging in the "40 in 40" review project. I managed to complete that by mid-July, but as a result, I only read 24 books in June. 14 of the 24 books have already been reviewed, with another one to be reviewed later this month. Show More Summary

What the Birthday Squirrel Bought for Me in 2014

Well, another birthday has passed and for those bibliophiles who are curious about what book-related materials I received for my birthday, here are the details:I received nearly $200 in money (which I deposited) and a $50 iTunes card. Show More Summary

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