Bookmarks, Bookshelves and Writing Prompts

On my bookshelf there is a book of writing prompts. I did not buy this myself. It was a Valentine’s Day gift given by a former flame. Along with this she bought me a bookmark in the shape of the Loch Ness Monster and a pin badge in the shape of a typewriter which has… Continue reading Bookmarks, Bookshelves and Writing Prompts

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… Continue reading Why I Refuse to Read Translations