bartleby's Diaries (page 2)
Print Story One summer afternoon Mrs Oedipa Maas came home from a Tupperware party
By Bartleby (Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 01:32:01 AM EST) executrix, lettering, Bauhaus (all tags)
Most of today's sermon is actually a response to this comment by ana. I suspected it might turn out rather long and, of course, completely off-topic regarding Kellnerin's diary, so maybe a fresh diary entry is in order.

(7 comments, 612 words in story) Full Story

Print Story "Qui a peur de traduire Virginia Woolf?"
By Bartleby (Sat Dec 02, 2006 at 03:48:34 AM EST) (all tags)
Such is the title of an article I found today in Babel*, just after reading BlueOregon's diary. So ein Zufall. An article on a literary controversy caused by a 1993 translation of "The Waves" into French which had already been translated in 1937 by Marguerite Yourcenar, a controversy, apparently, about a classical problem in literary translation: Should a translation bring the original text closer to the reader or the reader closer to the original? (ObSchleyermacher.)

From the same article, a quote of a critic who finds Yourcenar's translation too French: "Elle police plus qu'elle ne polit le texte."

Vive la France, et surtout la langue française.

*Shields, Kathleen 1998: Qui a peur de traduire Virginia Woolf? in: Babel. Revue internationale de la traduction. International journal of translation. Volume 44; 1998. p. 15-28.

(3 comments, 1523 words in story) Full Story

Print Story Che gelida manina
By Bartleby (Thu Nov 02, 2006 at 07:40:09 AM EST) Lutherbonbons, migratory birds, C. D. Friedrich, Cleopatra (all tags)
The first snow of the season fell here yesterday. Snow! Clouds are piling up again right now; looking from the top floor of the ACME buillibrary the brightest spot in the sky is right behind Saint Mary's church. It looks quite dramatic.

Oh, erm, and Hi, by the way, bonjour à tous, 'ntag allerseits. It's been quite a while. How's everybody doing?

(13 comments, 698 words in story) Full Story

Print Story Le desespoir est assis sur un banc.
By Bartleby (Sat Jun 24, 2006 at 05:16:32 AM EST) Verzweiflung, history, literature, jalkapallo, talar du svenska? (all tags)
ATTN BlueOregon and toxicfur infidels! Small town, great writers. [[Pretty Old] Europe]. Today, we can't possibly lose.

(1 comment, 938 words in story) Full Story

Print Story Tod und Verzweiflung toben um mich her.
By Bartleby (Wed Jun 21, 2006 at 09:55:32 AM EST) (all tags)
Hört, hört, höööööööööört, Rrrachegötter!

I'm just listening to Renata Tebaldi as die sternflammende Königin. "Awestruck" doesn't begin to describe how I feel about this singer and this aria. About the whole opera, but especially about the revenge aria. Whow.

Now that I've deleted everything I originally meant to write, I might just as well not post this to the Hole. Ever wondered what an ant feels when it's stoned?

(8 comments, 598 words in story) Full Story

Print Story Precz stąd, precz z zabawy...
By Bartleby (Thu May 04, 2006 at 05:48:42 AM EST) media, Rossija, Polska, Deutschland, halleluja, reading, Vargas (all tags)
Stanisław Moniuszko (May 5, 1819 - June 4, 1872)

Yesterday, May 3, was World Press Freedom Day as well as a national holiday in Poland. To mark the occasion(s), I wrote a diary that then fell victim to a browser crash. Decided, at first, that that was probably a good thing. But what can I say? Live just isn't complete without those si tacuisses moments.

Word of the day, in honour of all you fine MFC folks:
afrocke, German (dial. Cologne): RTFO

Next installment to follow whenever I can come up with a good word with b-.

(1 comment, 1205 words in story) Full Story

Print Story "Nous en cacherons une partie dans la montagne et nous ferons passer le reste."
By Bartleby (Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 01:56:49 AM EST) (all tags)
Will Bartleby ever get tired of obscure references in foreignese? Who needs the toilet-usage howto? And what does The Nightingale have to do with it? Will we ever know? Will we ever care?

(4 comments, 830 words in story) Full Story

Print Story La mamma morta.
By Bartleby (Wed Feb 22, 2006 at 04:59:09 AM EST) translation, arthropods, films, angst (all tags)
Tags killed the intro star.

(15 comments, 630 words in story) Full Story

Print Story Mein lieber Schwan!
By Bartleby (Sat Feb 18, 2006 at 02:12:27 AM EST) (all tags)
Ach, diese letzte, traur'ge Fahrt,
wie gern hätt' ich sie dir erspart!

Weekend roundup of old news: Bird flu reaches Hither Pomerania; attention Danish radio listening infidels! No 'toons, no organised superstitions, just advertising this and that. Eurocentric.

(6 comments, 707 words in story) Full Story

Print Story Make me president of Pakistan.
By Bartleby (Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 05:44:01 AM EST) (all tags)

(10 comments, 691 words in story) Full Story

<< Previous 10 Next 10 >>