a space of constant insecurity.
John Self wrote an insightful review to a new Pushkin Press book of essays (two of them) about L’vov.
Must be a good companion to Lem. Adding it to my “to buy” list.
внезапно (ага) оформилось – что мне смутно напоминали жж-юзерицы mbla и mrka? – да сестричек же Эльзу и Лиличку. география с идеологией, ну и ещё множество более тонких сходств
…and Brits, once again, showed themselves to be condescending xenophobic snobs.
I’ve encountered this imperial-patronizing-a-colonial attitude when came on a 1-week visit 8 years ago. And here they go again. Just listen to this:
“Based on participations [sic! Dude, how about your English grammar? -ETat]- so far, we’ve already got some decent statistics. Most native English adult speakers who have taken the test fall in the range 20,000–35,000 words. Click here for a full breakdown by age (opens in new tab/window).
And for foreign learners of English, we’ve found that the most common vocabulary size is from 2,500–9,000 words.”
Just look at the choices they offer to a question “Which option best describe your English learning?”
-I am taking an English class now
-I’ve taken English before but stopped
-All my school classes are/were in English
-I’ve learned without taking a course
Too lazy today to go through my weekend checklist; there are some days you just give in to sloth.
Сырники and my plum jam for breakfast (and then again for brunch…), finishing the long-winded French novel, for once competently translated (y Hoyt Rogers)- all those strange turns of phrase and endless sentimental passages reasonable enough for the premise and the story to be believable, to relay the fragrance and tone of time.
My account page at local library site has a “books recommended for you” feature.
Here’s what they offer me today (titles):
Clicked on “comments” icon at upper right, to see if I missed any legitimates fallen into spam folder and was puzzled for a moment: whaaa?…Then saw the date of the epistle: 2010. Oh, then. That was a time I still cared enough to engage. And now someone – Steve? are you for real, man? – was incensed enough to give his well-thought through (for 6yrs…) reply to my challenge. Enjoy. Personally, after “you’re a fool” I stopped reading.
PS. Skipped through the comments there: apparently, Stevie-no-wonder has been commenting on that dead thread intermittently during all these 6 yrs!
Finished thick-as-a-brick biography of William Somerset Maugham. And have to say: I am very, very disappointed in Winston Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, PC, DL, FRS, RA. To be a friend of Willie, that incredibly disgusting “malignant crab”!