Jason (jcreed) wrote,
Jason
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Status: thinking a little about ML hacking, read 62 pages of Ekman's "Telling Lies" (so good) read 167 pages of "Switching Languages" (so, so good). The latter is a rare treasure of serendipitous library-hunting. Many essays and interviews and autobigraphical snippets of people that have grown up (bi,tri)lingual or learned languages in adulthood, and adopted them as their language of prose or poetry or theater or just day-to-day life. Conrad from Polish to English, Stoppard from Czech, Nabokov writing comfortably in any number of languages, other writers caught in limbo between English and Spanish, Quechua and Spanish, Japanese and Chinese, Yiddish and Hebrew, Arabic and French, French and Walloon and Frisian... it's so amazing to see all the different ways people feel about their language as a symbol of home, of childhood, of identity.
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