Friday, January 31, 2014

Duck Comics: "Donald Fracas"

My new translation is the best story I've ever translated by some margin.  DO NOT MISS IT.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Duck Translations

TWO translations in one week. Well one-point-five, I suppose. Still unprecedented! First, there's "Donald Meets Baron Münchausen," a really cool, zany story where...well, the title pretty much says it. Then there's my complete revamping of "Donaldus Faustus," my first-ever translation. Being the first, it was kind of shoddy; now it's a LOT better. Okay then.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Homeland--fucking bah!

See, here's the thing about Homeland: the initial premise was interesting but inherently very limited.  The idea is that an MIA soldier, Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), thought long-dead, is found and rescued in Afghanistan, so he's all a big hero and stuff, but there's a CIA agent, Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) who grows to suspect that he was Turned during his captivity, and now may be involved in some sort of deep-undercover terrorist-type things--but she's bipolar and generally mentally fragile and who knows whether her suspicions mean anything?  But this was never going to last very long, was it?  Because if it turns out Carrie's just totally delusional, there's not much of a show, is there?  And it's certainly not going to just be a Crying of Lot 49 radical-indeterminacy-type thing, because it's not that arty, and anyway, it wouldn't be feasible over multiple seasons.
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Thursday, January 09, 2014

Wilkie Collins, Man and Wife (1870)

Collins' reputation today rests pretty much exclusively on the four 1860s novels I've recently read (well, mostly on The Woman in White and The Moonstone, but the other two are considered to be of the same kind by people in the know).  He wrote prolifically right up to his death in 1889, but he focused his later novels on Social Issues, which--according to everyone--was very much to their detriment.  However, I decided to read the first of these later novels, which seems to also be generally acclaimed as the best of the lot.
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Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone (1868)

…seriously, how funny is that cover?  It would be worth tracking that edition down, if not for its unfortunate "modern abridgment."
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