In the river Maeander there is said to be a stone called “wise” by contradiction; for, if one puts it into anyone’s lap, he goes mad, and murders one of his relations.
— from De Mirabilibus Auscultationibus (On Marvellous Things Heard), found in Aristotle - Minor Works, trans. W. S. Hett.
This tumblr is mainly a commonplace book.
The noted Italian translator William Weaver died last week. The list of Italian authors he, beautifully, translated into English is astonishing: Italo Calvino, Umberto Eco, Italo Svevo, Elsa Morante, Giorgio...
[The lower Carpathians]
We are finally getting Bogdan Suceavă’s magical novella Miruna, a Tale to the printers this week. On the surface it is about the art of storytelling, and the telling of the history...
Wittgenstein’s Mistress by David Markson