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Finding a way to talk about the reading experience is, I’ve realised, the greatest pleasure of writing; where it ends is of no importance.

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Thursday the 17th

descanse en paz, Gabo

“Gracias, maestro Gabo. Viaja tranquilo, que seguirán vivo entre nosotros”.

-- Jaime Abello Banfi

posted evening of the 17th: Respond
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Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Sendak

There are so many beautiful things in the world which I will have to leave when I die, but I'm ready, I'm ready, I'm ready.

posted evening of May 8th, 2012: Respond

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Danko/Manuel/Helm

Rest in peace, Levon.

posted evening of April 19th, 2012: Respond
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Thursday, October 13th, 2011

A passing

int main() {
    printf("Goodbye, Ritchie\n");
    return 0;
}

posted evening of October 13th, 2011: Respond

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

No soy de aquí, ni soy de allá

Facundo Cabral died on Saturday, shot down in Guatemala while he was on tour. “Y que no te confundan unos pocos homicidas y suicidas, el bien es mayoría pero no se nota porque es silencioso. Una bomba hace más ruido que una caricia, pero por cada bomba que destruya hay millones de caricias que alimentan la vida.”

posted morning of July 14th, 2011: Respond

Sunday, May first, 2011

Ernesto Sabato 1911-2011

Read what inspires passion in you; this is the only thing that will help you bear existence.

-- Ernesto Sabato
Before the End

Ernesto Sabato died yesterday in Buenos Aires, 99 years old. He lived a truly remarkable life and left behind three novels reputedly in the top echelon of 20th-Century literature, El túnel, Sobre héroes y tumbas, and Abbadón el exterminador -- I have not yet read them, I am going to make a top priority of correcting this lack.

Sabato also leaves an important legacy in his directorship of CONADEP, the Argentine National Commission on the Disappeared, committed to documenting the abuses of the junta.

posted morning of May first, 2011: 3 responses

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

A few old memories

Rest in peace, Hazel Dickens. Ms. Dickens passed away yesterday, 75 years old. She has a thick catalog of songs; I will remember her especially for "Dark as a Dungeon".

posted evening of April 23rd, 2011: Respond

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

R.I.P.


Benoît Mandelbrot, discoverer of the infinitely detailed set which bears his name and inventor of the discipline of fractal geometry, has died at the age of 85.

posted morning of October 16th, 2010: Respond

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

Robert Fagles R.I.P.

Robert Fagles died this week, 74 years old. I am sorry to hear about it. I just loved his translations of Homer -- reading them really opened my ears to what epic poetry should sound like. I heard him read from Ulysses one Bloomsday several years back; if I remember right he signed my Iliad. (Sure where it is, I am however not; since then I got the big hardcover printing of his Iliad and Odyssey when they were published together. I wonder where I put the paperback copy? I may have loaned it out.) One of these days I will get to reading the Æneid, and I will be glad there is a Fagles translation available. (I remember making a start on Fitzgerald's translation, in my teens -- somebody gave it to me for my birthday one year -- and finding it impenetrable.)

Looking at his Wikipædia entry, I see he also translated the Oresteia, the Theban plays of Sophocles, and the poems of Bacchylides. Of these, I loved Lattimore's Oresteia when I read it long ago (in a way I did not love his translations of Homer); I never would have thought a new translation was needed. And yet I would probably recommend Fagles unread to someone who asked what translation they should get. Lattimore's Sophocles did not make much of an impression on me; I ought to read Fagles'. Bacchylides I have never heard of (to the best of my recollection).

posted afternoon of April 6th, 2008: Respond
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