I've had a ball reading the reprinted Yiddish restaurant ads, with their heavy helpings of English and Yinglish. (Yes, I can read Yiddish--took a Workmen's Circle class eons ago.)
Posted 23 March 2020 - 10:26 PM
"Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires." --John Steinbeck
"Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops."--Arsenic and Old Lace
Posted 25 March 2020 - 02:46 AM
Also seeking to be one of the only people to read the English translation of the novel Charles-Louis Philippe wrote after Bubu de Montparnasse.
Posted 01 April 2020 - 03:03 PM
Catching up here.
Lion Feuchtwanger's Wartesaal (Waiting Room) trilogy, the first two volumes set in Bavaria in the 1920s and '30s, the third among Bavarian and other German refugees in Paris on the eve of war. I finished Success, and am almost done with Paris Gazette, which are the first and third volumes (I had trouble getting The Oppermans, but I now have it). It's not a single continuous narrative (there are a few recurring characters), so reading out of order is not a problem. It's a massive work. I was asking myself, is it like Musil? Like Broch? Like Doblin? Like Jules Romains? No, it's like itself. Feuchtwanger manages countless characters with flair, has a dry sense of humor, and tells the tale without high modernist flourishes.
The recent New Yorker article on German artists in exile reminded me I hadn't read him.
Posted 01 April 2020 - 05:18 PM