Table-talk of Parkus Grammaticus for February 7
I'm reading tonight! From Personal Days! In Brooklyn!
Maharishi dies—Hey Dullblog takes note—and James Wolcott takes note of our note!
Habitus unearths a never-before-published Borges interview! Lots of goodies, including this bit:
Without a doubt Alonso Quijano is more complex now than when Cervantes imagined him, because Alonso Quijano has been enriched, we say, by [Miguel de] Unamuno. Without a doubt Hamlet is more complex now than when Shakespeare originated him; [Hamlet] has been enriched by Coleridge, by Bradley, by Goethe, by so many people. That is, the books live on posthumously. Each time that anyone reads them, the text changes, even if slightly, and the fact of being read with respect makes us see the riches in them ignored by the author.
Via Three Percent
Mike Hale's NYT review of Nickelodeon's Ni Hao, Kai-lan, is quietly hilarious:
Given the multifarious nature of the Chinese language, choices have to be made, and some Chinese-Americans might be disappointed to know that millions of children are about to be told to call red packets — the envelopes used for gifts of money at new year — ya sui qian rather than hong bao or ang pao.
Great name: Floyd M. Boring, RIP.
Song of the day, from Moistworks: The Lucksmiths, "To Absent Votes"