24 agosto 2011
23 agosto 2011
People speak different languages, and always have. The Ancient Greeks took no notice of anything unless it was said in Greek; the Romans made everyone speak Latin; and in India, people learned their neighbours' languages - as did many ordinary Europeans in times past. But today, we all use translation to cope with the diversity of languages. Without translation there would be no world news, not much of a reading list in any subject at college, no repair manuals for cars or planes, and we wouldn't even be able to put together flat pack furniture.
Is That a Fish in Your Ear? ranges across the whole of human experience, from foreign films to philosophy, to show why translation is at the heart of what we do and who we are. What's the difference between translating unprepared natural speech, and translating Madame Bovary? How do you translate a joke? What's the difference between a native tongue and a learned one? Can you translate between any pair of languages, or only between some? What really goes on when world leaders speak at the UN? Can machines ever replace human translators, and if not, why? The biggest question is how do we ever really know that we've grasped what anybody else says - in our own language or in another? Surprising, witty and written with great joie de vivre, this book is all about us, and how we understand each other.
22 agosto 2011
I received The Word Made Flesh as a birthday gift this year, and have been enjoying it greatly. So, I thought I’d send in a picture of mine. I got this tattoo early in 2011, a couple weeks before I turned 40. It’s my first and (currently) only tattoo. I’ve spent most of my life working on Shakespeare, performing, directing, studying. This tattoo is inspired by the First Folio, the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s works, published in 1623. The text is from “The Tempest”, act 3, scene 2, from one of my favorite speeches in all of literature. I left the spelling as it is in the Folio, and the typeface is inspired by the Folio font. The rabbits are from the header engraving of the First Folio text of The Tempest, first page. —Chris