So Many Ordinary Sentences in the World

Russell Persson, “The Way of Forida”, The Learned Pig 29 March 2017

There are so many ordinary sentences in the world and I feel like it’s my job to undo that, to undermine the reader’s expectations and to create a difference, which, I hope, the reader will come to learn and adapt to.

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To Suspend Even Further

Kate Briggs, This Little Art

To suspend, or to suspend even further, my disbelief. This can’t really have been what he said (Barthes spoke in French; he claimed to barely speak English at all); nevertheless, I’ll go with it. In this sense, there’s something from the outset speculative and, I would say, of the novelistic about the translator’s project, whatever the genre of writing she is writing in.

Allow the Words to Wash Around You

Roald Dahl, Matilda

“Mr Hemingway says a lot of things I don’t understand,” Matilda said to her. “Especially about men and women. But I loved it all the same. The way he tells it I feel I am right there on the spot watching it all happen.”

“A fine writer will always make you feel that,” Mrs Phelps said. “And don’t worry about the bits you can’t understand. Sit back and allow the words to wash around you, like music.”