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  I s creation, in the arts, or elsewhere, a matter of chutzpah or daring — perhaps of overweening pride? It often is.  And sometime it’s a matter of humility, stepping aside, letting another speak through one. Thus the Odyssey begins, Sing in me muse, Sing of the man of twists and turns driven time […]

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  Richard Dawkins’ head is fizzing with mad thoughts.. . .  Outside a shimmering band of turquoise near the horizon brings a soft sparkle to the beads of dew hanging from trees in early bud; the heavy clouds in the distance look peach-pink and insubstantial; so do the old pale brick houses that line his […]

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Found at the Y, in a New York Times Magazine piece about Mary Cheever: According to him [the fiction writer John Cheever], their issues [marital conflicts] are myriad: He wants to have sex all the time, for example, and she wants to have sex almost none of the time. He acknowledges, in fairness to Mary, that he is […]

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Bernal Hill (pictured to the right) boasts an unobstructed view of photogenic San Francisco. So, it is unsurprising that it spawned a poem that bears its name. The piece is by Randall Mann, an openly gay poet who often writes about life in San Francisco and who was the recipient of the prestigious Kenyon Review […]

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  Given that Mike Leigh and Timothy Spall are now offering us such a rich, idiosyncratic portrait of the painter J.M.W. Turner, and given that the movie, for whatever silly reason, takes a detour to make fun of the art critic John Ruskin, I should begin with this: Who cares whether Mr. Ruskin’s views on […]

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“I am a man who likes talking to a man who likes to talk.” — Sydney Greenstreet’s memorable line in The Maltese Falcon, made in 1941. Seventy years later, in our electronic age, we might rephrase this “I like following websites that websites like to follow.” The lines came to my mind in the wake of WordPress, magnanimously, […]

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A sight we have come to dread during the holidays is the invasion of Santas and Mrs. Santas for their annual drinking “pub crawl.” SantaCon 2014 took place this past Saturday, December 9, and, according to news reports, it was supposed to be saner and more sober. It did start out less boisterous in New York […]

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  In a call with New York Times investors, the company’s chief executive said the Times was seeking to be “unashamedly experimental and willing to adapt.” He was quoted in a newspaper article about how the company was, once again, reporting a quarterly loss, and this not least because of costs associated with buying out […]

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« Quelque bien qu’on nous dise de nous, on ne nous apprend rien de nouveau. » Compliments can’t teach us anything we don’t know already. — François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld. « Il y a de bons mariages, mais il n’y en a point de délicieux. » There are good marriages, but there aren’t any delicious ones. A […]

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    In The French Generation of 1820 Alan Spitzer writes, using an image from Balzac, of “hungry young provincials competing in the Paris arena like fifty thousand spiders in a pot . . . all tortured by the discrepancy between boundless ambition and constricted opportunity.” He quotes a translation of le Comte de Rambuteau’s warning to […]

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  The Atlantic Theater Company in New York is currently presenting a new musical, Found, based on “on scores of surprising and eccentric discarded notes and letters that have been ‘found’ in the real world by every-day people.” I do not know why the Web announcement puts “found” in quotes, and I am wary of […]

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  The Atlantic Theater Company in New York is currently presenting a new musical, Found, based on “on scores of surprising and eccentric discarded notes and letters that have been ‘found’ in the real world by every-day people.” I do not know why the Web announcement puts “found” in quotes, and I am wary of […]

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July 26, 2018

A point of information... This book was translated as "A Fortnight in the Wilderness" and included as Appendix 2 in "Democracy In America: Historical-Critical Edition", edited by Eduardo Nolla. There this amazing text can be read in full. It is worth comparing the translation by James Schleifer to your own. In particular, the rendering of "désert" to "wilderness" is most intriguing.

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  The Atlantic Theater Company in New York is currently presenting a new musical, Found, based on “on scores of surprising and eccentric discarded notes and letters that have been ‘found’ in the real world by every-day people.” I do not know why the Web announcement puts “found” in quotes, and I am wary of […]

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July 26, 2018

Thanks so much for this translation and excellent analysis.

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  The Atlantic Theater Company in New York is currently presenting a new musical, Found, based on “on scores of surprising and eccentric discarded notes and letters that have been ‘found’ in the real world by every-day people.” I do not know why the Web announcement puts “found” in quotes, and I am wary of […]

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July 16, 2018

Thanks a lot, Steve. And, continuing the segue-ing, here's an old (and traditional) Gary Snyder poem I just came across yesterday: Seaman’s Ditty I’m wondering where you are now Married, or mad, or free: Wherever you are you’re likely glad, But memory troubles me. We could’ve had us children, We could’ve had a home— But you thought not, and I thought not, And these nine years we roam. Today I worked in the deep dark tanks, And climbed out to watch the sea: Gulls and salty waves pass by, And mountains of Araby. I’ve travelled the lonely oceans And wandered the...

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