Tagged with “for:wordridden” (10)

  1. Michael Hulse: In Translation

    Michael Hulse is an English translator, critic and poet and he’s in conversation with Peter Goldsworthy at Adelaide Writers’ Week.

    Hulse has compiled a splendid anthology - The 20th century in Poetry - that comprises not just the greats like T S Eliot but some terrific obscure poets - who’ve written wonderful works. He’s pushed way beyond London and New York in putting together this anthology. If you love poetry - buy the book!

    The second half of the conversation focuses on Hulse’s work as a translator - from German to English - he’s probably best known as one of the translators of German writer, W G Sebald. He describes the difficulties in translating accurately the nuances in any work but he’s not above a bit of gossip about some of the writers he translates.


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  2. The Power of Babel : NPR

    Robert Siegel talks with John McWhorter, associate professor of linguistics at University of California, Berkeley, who has written a new book The Power of Babel. McWhorter discusses how languages have evolved and why some languages are complex and others simple. (7:45) The book is to be published this month by Henry Holt.


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  3. Interview: Nataly Kelly, Author of ‘Found In Translation’ : NPR

    A new book by Nataly Kelly and Jost Zetzsche uncovers tales of language and translation, like the story of Peter Less, whose family was killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust. Just a few years later, Less interpreted for those very same people at the Nuremberg trials.


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  4. Endangered languages, lost knowledge and the future

    Daniel Everett discusses the Pirahã and their language. The language has no words for numbers, no words for right and left and lacks any examples of recursion. This last trait forces us to rethink everything we thought we knew about language.

    The discussion of the Pirahã language itself is excellent, but Everett’s discussion of why endangered languages need to be preserved is absolutely fascinating. His recommendations for preserving endangered languages include preserving natives speaker’s land and their heath. He also recommends studying and documenting these languages over a long period of time, as he has done with the Pirahã language.

    From http://www.longnow.org/projects/seminars/

    More information on this seminar is available at http://blog.longnow.org/2009/03/23/daniel-everett-endangered-languages-lost-knowledge-and-the-future/

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  5. The Omnivore’s Next Dilemma

    Michael Pollan at TED 2007:

    "What if human consciousness isn’t the end-all and be-all of Darwinism? What if we are all just pawns in corn’s clever strategy game to rule the Earth? Author Michael Pollan asks us to see the world from a plant’s-eye view."


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  6. The future of food: can we eat our way out of total confusion?

    Has food been replaced by nutrients; and common sense by confusion? Once upon a time we ate food. Now we eat nutrients, embedded in food-like substances, like yoghurt fortified with omega-3 or bread rolls infused with anti-oxidants. Are foods like carrots, broccoli and chicken better for you before or after they take a trip to the food processing plant? Do we need more nutrients in our diet or is it all getting out of hand? And are scientists to blame for all this confusion? ABC´s Paul Willis hosts this lively public forum with: Michael Pollan, a food writer and professor of journalism at the University of California Berkeley and author of In Defence of Food; Professor Mark Adams, dean of agriculture, University of Sydney, an expert in sustainable agriculture; Dr Ingrid Appelqvist, team leader for the CSIRO´s designed food research program.


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  7. Mark Bittman | Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating

    In Food Matters, Mark Bittman, one of the country’s foremost food writers, examines the role that meat consumption plays in global warming and discusses how government policy, big marketing, and global economics influence what we eat. The voice of the popular New York Times column ”The Minimalist” (now in its 11th year), Bittman is the bestselling author of several award-winning cookbooks, including the James Beard Award and the IACP/Julia Child Award winner How to Cook Everything.


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  8. The 4am: 11: Too Long Til Morning

    The 4am is a selection composed entirely of music sent to Warren Ellis by the artists.

    1. Badman — “Modern Species” (4:19)
    2. Kemper Norton — “The Unhappitants” (4:23)
    3. Levi Weaver — “Of Bridges Burned” (3:32)
    4. Satan’s Monk — Pro-Life (Demo - Alt) (1:22)


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