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Hi. I noticed you have our old oversize button on your "About me & website" page. I have a new regular size button at the bottom of our index page if you want to use it. Thanks for hosting!
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ottwiz 3 years ago

Okay, thanks very much for noticing me that. I'll update it but probably not today:) I've arrived home about 5 hours ago from my holiday and i need to take a rest :D

Sorry for this series of posts. This box only allows so many characters. Sorry to bombard you.
pastelshoal 3 years ago

I should be the one to apologise for bombarding you! I really like your site, it is organised very well and has an air of professionalism to it.

As to your beautiful language collage. I have some favourite quotes from books. I like this idea. I wouldn't even mind doing something similar for my website. Would you mind if I copied the idea? (They would be different quotes of course)
pastelshoal 3 years ago

Hey, thanks for stopping by! I totally recommend doing it, it was given to me as an assignment in the first place so I'd love if others adopt it. Do it however you want, everything on my site is Creative Commons so I it makes me extremely happy to see any of what I put out inspire others. Here's the original source for the assignment: "In his sophomore year—which turned out to be his last. At that or any other school

pastelshoal 3 years ago

Continued. "he was given an unusual term-paper assignment by his English teacher. She instructed the class to produce not a piece of original writing but a collage in which they were to reproduce as many examples of “beautiful language” as they could find. ... The thin sheets of typescript were coffee-stained and bum- marked, already starting to fox; they were penciled in my father’s hand, at places where he had

pastelshoal 3 years ago

screwed up the page numbers, with apologetic marginalia: “Prime goof: two 13’s”; “Skipped #15, sorry another goof”; “Another numerical muff." When I looked at it, I realized that my father had spoken to me about this paper once, in the car. l was about fourteen. He mentioned it with pride, as one of the best things he had ever written, which stuck out (he usually apologized for his newspaper articles, when he showed

pastelshoal 3 years ago

them to me, saying, “Remember, ’tis merely a squib”). Of course, he had not written the paper, not really. But what struck me, when | read it, was that almost all of the writers whose work my father was devoted to throughout his life— Faulkner, Bellow, Twain, Agee, Merton, Thomas Wolfe, Dylan Thomas—were there, and he had compiled it when he was twenty-one. Passages I had heard him rhapsodize about, such as the

pastelshoal 3 years ago

in Huckleberry Finn when Huck decides, “All right, then, I’ll go to hell," or the “Caddy smells like trees” scene from The Sound and the Fury, or the passage in The Adventures of Augie March where Augie says that he wants to lick the inside of his dead father’s ashtray—they were all represented. In its way, the collage—entitled simply “Beautiful Language”—is a little piece of brilliance: transcribed dialogue from

pastelshoal 3 years ago

On the Waterfront is juxtaposed with a verse from the Gospel According to St. Luke. A paragraph from André Schwarz—Bart’s The Last of the Just leads into some lines from Dylan Thomas’s “Fern Hill”: So it must have been after the birth of the simple light In the first, spinning place, the spellbound horses walking warm

As to translations. I did a course during honours year. We usually read four or five different translations of the one work, and they were often very different, to the point that the meaning was often subtly changed, or even bits left out (or added?)
pastelshoal 3 years ago

That's an interesting approach. Reading multiple translations (although tedious) might lead to a better synthesis of the overall content. In an academic setting, this method makes a lot of sense.

readingproject 3 years ago

To be clearer, we often read different versions of a work. They all seemed to be translations. The Faustus legend, for example: Marlowe, Mann, Goethe, even Lord Byron's "Manfred". Also things like Antigone. A book I reviewed recently, Home Fire, is an Antigone story, for example

Just went through your whole website. I love the photography. Some of it is quite haunting. The ruined room with the noose is ominous. I did super8 in a film course at university. Ours had to be short documentaries with sound and were in colour. It's an interesting experience actually cutting film.
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pastelshoal 3 years ago

Thank you again for your kind words. That room also freaked me out at first, though the noose was much too close to the ground for it to have been used for its associated purpose. Maybe hazing? And yeah, the process of truly cutting up your film to edit is just something that cannot be properly replicated in the digital world.

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