Category Archives: Translation

Admiration — Libraries and Antiquarians

Admiration: I like a big sprawling library with open stacks, and Green Library is one of my favorites. Thousands and thousands of books on shelves to pull out and browse. There is a light on in the stacks; maybe someone is browsing. … Continue reading

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Wow — Spring Is Early This Year

The iPhone camera was overwhelmed by this bed of tulips at Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden in Palo Alto. Wow is the word of the day. A perfect day to get out of the library, explore the outdoors, read a poem … Continue reading

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Colombian Storyteller, García Márquez, is dead at 87

Gabriel García Márquez is dead at 87; he is survived by his stories, and his many readers. In his autobiography García Márquez told this story of a surprise visit by his mother: My mother asked me to go with her … Continue reading

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Creation — Children of the Days

A calendar of Human History: Long ago in America Where dense fog hides the mountains Day Keepers weave the story of creation Mouth-to-ear repeating, remembering the days A Quiché appeared at the edge of the forest The indian carried a … Continue reading

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Illustrated Tales of Nations—German Cigarette Cards

The Chinese Nightingale is an illustrated folk tale set in ancient China. The charming story is included in Tales of the Nations (Märchen der Völker), illustrations and stories produced as part of a German cigarette advertising promotion just before WWII. … Continue reading

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Carlos Fuentes—Author of The Doll Queen is dead at 83

The major newspapers yesterday (15 May, 2012) marked of the death of distinguished Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes. The tributes to the sometimes polemical author and his accomplishments are glowing: all is forgiven in death. One of the simplest and most appropriate … Continue reading

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Inspector Chen’s Shanghai: For the Good of the Party

Two middle-aged Chinese men meet on the Waibaidu Bridge in Shanghai—they look down at the polluted waters of the Suzhou River and reminisce of days past when the river was unpolluted and they fished for carp from the garden park … Continue reading

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