The PEN American Center has just launched its new blog feature – The Daily PEN American – which will offer posts by a number of hands on a range of topics having to do with international literature. I’ve been asked to contribute entries pertaining, not surprisingly, to translation. I started out with a post about an article from the linguistic journal Language that was recently written up in TIME Magazine. The article describes a study at the Université de Lyon that quantified the speed at which people speak. And something that many of us always impressionistically believed turns out to be empirically true: Certain languages tend to be spoken faster than others. To learn more about why and how, visit my blog on the PEN website, and while you’re there, check out all the other interesting things the PEN bloggers are writing about.