Why I Refuse to Read Translations

The reason English-speaking readers can barely tell the difference between Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky is that they aren’t reading the prose of either one. They’re reading Constance Garnett. Joseph Brodsky Several years ago I studied a postgraduate course in medieval history. During the overview the advisor had some choice words for myself and the other students: “You cannot truly call yourself a medievalist if you cannot … Continue reading Why I Refuse to Read Translations

Dating Hubert J. Watergipridget’s Most Famous Work

Of the short stories, poems, novels, articles, and essays written by Hubert J. Watergipridget, it is perhaps The Room With The Light On Even Though It Was The Middle Of The Day that is most open to interpretation. Adding to the confusion is the prevailing assumption that it is not known precisely when Watergipridget sat down to write this tale, nor if he wrote it … Continue reading Dating Hubert J. Watergipridget’s Most Famous Work

The House with the Light on Even Though It Was the Middle of the Day

This is a short story written by (un)renowned author Hubert J. Watergipridget. I like it so much that I have uploaded it for your enjoyment. Enjoy. In the rather odd town of Oddington, Burnell Manor is considered something of an oddity. For a house to be viewed as odd in a town known and named for its oddness, it must be a very odd little … Continue reading The House with the Light on Even Though It Was the Middle of the Day

The Tedious Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a cultural phenomenon. It seems that is impossible to go your life without experiencing his gothic novella in some medium or other. Off the top of my head, I have seen various TV adapatations of the story, with actors such as James Nesbitt, John Hannah, Dougray Scott, and Sam Witwer portraying the titular … Continue reading The Tedious Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Consistency is for Cowards; Hypocrisy for Heroes: A Literature Review

When Diogenes of Sinope walked through the streets of Athens with a lit lamp in his hand, he was said to be seeking an honest man. Instead, to his dismay, all he found was scoundrels. In a rather different way, Hubert J. Watergipridget also sought out virtue and honesty in its purest form. Where he and Diogenes differed was, Watergipridget was not disheartened but delighted … Continue reading Consistency is for Cowards; Hypocrisy for Heroes: A Literature Review