I don’t care if they’re exaggerating by factor 100, this is quite extraordinary.
As some of you have gathered, of the various crazed liteary beasts biting each other’s bums on my hard drive the first I’m going to push out onto the arena is a tract dealing with 16th century language learning and proverbs. Since my ear went pop in August, and in sunny intervals between dark clouds of work, access to the great Google god has enable me to read original versions of a considerable number of relevant and irrelevant contemporary sources in a variety of languages and typefaces, as well as a wealth of secondary material, and bang together a first draft. The great revelation for me has been Erasmus – my Latin has improved quite substantially – but every night brings a new marvel – tonight the Aragonese historian, Jerónimo Zurita, and his Italian colleague, Vespasiano da Bisticci, throwing light on the glorious Occitan/Catalan homophonic punning incitement to Cesare-Borgian/Thatcherite all-or-nothingness, “O rei o no res.” I’ve also popped in and out of the local library for copyrighted stuff, but it’s principally been a Google gig so far. So, despite my moans about the loss of utility of Docs and Reader, monstrous thanks to them.
One practical matter: I’m looking for a buxom blonde and brunette (F, to counterpoint the mainly M content) to pose in period dress on the cover. I’ve got lots of useful things to offer in exchange: the Bartsch edition of Das Nibelungenlied, or a yucca
shrub tree, for example. I’m going to self-publish, so I’m afraid a share in a $500K advance from Random House is out of the question.
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Sarkozy is back, having put on weight, had a sex change, and learnt German.
What Catalan imperialists forget: all their dialects are simply dodgy Limousin, and all the territories they claim (Valencia, the Blearies, the
- A passion called asparagus
The kinky Murcian waiters clique is anxious to watch rude muscles bulge and divine blood flow in Mel’s Pash and will
- Moorish Scheherazades
I had an interesting chat (ie I listened) with someone the other night about the social position of musicians in the
- Comparative ethics
Something’s happening as a consequence of Wednesday’s missive from La Vanguardia’s ombudsman, Josep Maria Casasús re my original Rafael Ramos post,