Translation aficionados of NYC, you are hereby informed that the illustrious and ever-entertaining translator and translation scholar David Bellos will be appearing in the Bridge Series this coming Thursday to talk about his just-out book Is That a Fish in Your Ear?: Translation and the Meaning of Everything.I just got my copy and can’t wait to dive into it, though given the way this week is looking, I probably won’t have read much of it before Bridge on Thursday. This week is all about getting a Walser manuscript and a set of page proofs turned in, along with teaching and keeping up with various Occupy Wall Street projects via the Translation Working Group of the General Assembly. But seeing Bellos speak is high priority. As I just heard Esther Allen say of him, “David’s on the side of the angels.” He knows a huge amount about translation and translation history, and I always learn surprisingly relevant arcane facts from him. He’s also just plain fun to listen to. I’ve discussed this here before. If you still don’t believe me, here’s some evidence.
So I hope to see you there. There, in this case, being McNally Jackson Books at 52 Prince St., Thursday, Oct. 13, 7:00 p.m.