Climbing The Magic Mountain

Reading works in translation is like seeing your love five years after you’ve gotten over her. It’s still nice to see her, you still know her soul, but it’s not the same. All I can say is thank god I can read Shakespeare in the original. I’m reading The Magic Mountain  by Thomas Mann. It’s… Continue reading Climbing The Magic Mountain

>Stonehenge, Bath, Shakespeare’s Home

> The cottage at Stratford-upon-Avon. Matthew and I bought paninis and he bought a cheese and onion pasty at Victoria station. Paul the hairy-eared Irish tour guide took the head count and yelled at us for having “malodorous” food and was stern about speaking loudly but he was pleased that we were attentive to his… Continue reading >Stonehenge, Bath, Shakespeare’s Home

>I’m Going to London, Classic Literature, Etc.

> Richard III, ugliest of British Kings. Reinvest in yourself I like to say. So I bought this trip to London and tomorrow I’m leaving. In the meanwhile I’ve been trying to learn as much as possible about this quondam world capital, from the history of Robin Hood to Richard III, and everything in between.… Continue reading >I’m Going to London, Classic Literature, Etc.

>How Many Words Are In The English Language?

> Uriah Heep, the subject of  Mr. Micawber’s bombastic denunciation. There are over a million words, or lexemes, in the English language. Including scientific nomenclature, that figure could easily be doubled. Shakespeare, master of classic literature, had a vocabulary of about 40,000 words. The average person knows about 10,000. There are only going to be… Continue reading >How Many Words Are In The English Language?