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Quotable: Isabel Allende on writing

Translation: “Writing is like making love. Don’t worry about the orgasm, concern yourself with the process.”

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Quotable: Margaret Atwood on war

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The Translator’s Tale, or What I Learned From Lupita

Well, today it finally became real. I have incontrovertible evidence that yes, I’m a professional translator now. And that makes me, in a sense, a published author with a byline, too. My contributor copies (ten in English, plus one of … Continue reading

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Ahem.

Notice anything here? That’s right, Your Humble Scribe is now a published translator, as well as author, poet, blogger, and general nogoodnik. And my genial publisher, Richard Grabman, is looking for people to review this work. We’re hoping to get … Continue reading

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Quotable: Banksy on advertising

(Ed. note: Yes, I have been posting very lightly of late. I’m at work on a translation project, a book-length one. I’m finding it both stimulating and mentally exhausting simultaneously. I’ll try to talk more about it later, when my … Continue reading

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Maggie’s melancholy marriage crusade, and me

Ahem. A little mood music, maestro: Ah, that sets the tone brilliantly for what I’m about to say… This morning, this Salon link popped up in my Facebook feed. Maggie Gallagher is a frequent wanker on my weekly list, and … Continue reading

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The art of the WHAT?

As I prepare to get cracking on my first-ever book-length Spanish-to-English translation (yes, congratulate me, kiddies, your auntie is going pro!), I found some videos while looking up an idiomatic phrase that just didn’t appear in either my Streetwise Spanish … Continue reading

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Say it ain’t so, Joe.

I happened by chance on this sad item today in the Huffington Post. A familiar picture caught my eye: It only took me a moment to realize where I’d seen it before: in my Twitter feed. Joe followed me, and … Continue reading

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An open letter to Brendan O’Neill

Dear Brendan O’Neill: You, sir, are a fucking idiot. How’d you like it if I found out where you lived? What would you say if I ferreted out everything about you, from what you eat, to what drugs you do, … Continue reading

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Kurt Vonnegut dissects storylines

One of my all-time favorite authors, the late (and sorely missed!) Kurt Vonnegut, whips out the chalk to show us just how simple (or not!) a basic plotline can be: Of course, his own novels tend to be a lot … Continue reading

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