Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Two recommended articles in the October 2016 Asymptote Journal

There's always plenty to enjoy in the Asymptote journal, but I wanted to recommend two articles in the October 2016 issue. The first is a scene from György Spiró's Prah. I'm a huge fan of what I've read so far by Spiró. I've posted on his play The Imposter and really need to post on his novel Captivity, which I loved. This scene, translated by Szilvia Naray-Davey, gives a nice flavor of his style. Given the limited amount I've read, I'm hoping more of his work will be translated to English.

The other article covers the two recent translations of Máirtín Ó Cadhain’s Cré na Cille. Stephanie Boland reviews Graveyard Clay, translated by Liam Mac Con Iomaire and Tim Robinson, and The Dirty Dust, translated by Alan Titley. The variations with the titles hints at the differences in translation styles. Boland goes into why the original work is so difficult to translate and what each translation provides. I do want to say both are enjoyable, yielding a wonderful revelation of the original. There is something to be said for the suggestion that you need both to fully appreciate Máirtín Ó Cadhain’s creation. There is so much more I want to cover on each of these, along with Joan Trodden Keefe's 1984 translation (which was her doctoral dissertation...yeah, I can become obsessive when it comes to completeness) and the remarkable movie adaptation directed by Robert Quinn.

It looks like I'm setting myself up for some fun posts this fall.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Heal Your Child from the Inside Out by Robin Ray Green

Heal Your Child From the Inside Out: The Five-Element Way to Nurturing Healthy, Happy Kids by Robin Ray Green
Hay House: 2016

A little bit of shameless self-promotion. Or rather promoting my wife's book, which is being released tomorrow...

I can't improve on the work she's done, so please check out her page on the book. And if you're interested in the book, be sure to visit her Facebook author page for more info.

This has been a labor of love for her, and I hope it helps many parents and children!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Follow up

Once again, I apologize for the silence. I'm dealing with an intense amount of pain that just doesn't seem to lessen...it just changes forms.

Speaking of which, are there novels that deal with intense physical pain more than just in passing for a character? Not that I want to read it, now or ever. Mental/emotional/psychological problems get dealt with in novels so much easier than physical ailments. There's only so many ways you can say "It friggin' hurt a lot" for characters.