Links of the week, 12/2/2011

This week: opera and protesters, poetry translation, gluttonous porcupines, and, I swear, a new post in the next couple of days. (Sean and I finally got to go to a concert! Yay!)

  • Seth Colter Wall’s report from the Occupy Wall Street protest outside of a performance of Satyagraha (Philip Glass’s opera about Gandhi) at Lincoln Center is thoughtful and well-observed—and, not incidentally, it makes the excellent point that, despite the stereotypes, a night at the opera can be cheaper than a movie ticket.
  • This might be one of my favorite AV Club inventories: “Best scenes in worst movies.” They’ve got some good entries, but more than that, finding the bright spots in what might otherwise be complete disasters is such a sweet, optimistic way to look at the world.
  • Working in publishing, I’ve gotten to see up close just how strange the translation process can be, so Tim Parks’s examination of poetry translation fascinates me. I don’t know whether I agree with his conclusion—that poetry is often best translated into prose—but I’m eager to seek out Hollander translation of Dante he mentions at the end.
  • Porcupines don’t like it when you try to steal their corn on the cob! (And who could blame them? Corn on the cob is delicious.)

One Reply to “Links of the week, 12/2/2011”

  1. Should I feel happy that I haven’t seen ANY of the movies mentioned in the “Best scenes in worst movies” article? Does it mean that I have excellent taste in movies and only see good ones? Or does it mean that I’m just old and out of main stream culture? I prefer the first explanation. 🙂


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