Voice Work

On Thursday, the WordPress writing prompt was “Voice Work”:  who would you like to do a voice recording of your blog? It got me thinking about audio books, a book pleasure I enjoy from time to time.  The delight of this kind of ‘reading’ is in the hearing.  The voice of the reader combined with… Continue reading


From Éloge de l’oranger by Jean de la Fontaine (1621-1695) Orangers, arbres que j’adore, Que vos parfums me semblent doux ! Est-il dans l’empire de Flore Rien d’agréable comme vous ? My translation, wherein I change the plural orangers to a single orange tree, for the sake of rhyme: Orange tree, my desire, How thy… Continue reading

Journey to the centre: Great middle lines – 8

This morning I pulled from my bookshelf a translation of Les Misérables by Victor Hugo.  I flipped to the end, p. 1,463!  Then I backflipped to the middle, where I read on p. 731 the essence of Hugo’s message about the miserable poor of France.  Next to it on the shelf was a five-volume set… Continue reading

54 great opening lines: 24

The verb ‘to read’ does not tolerate the imperative, an aversion it shares with a few others:  ‘to love’ … ‘to dream’ … Like a Novel (originally Comme un roman), Daniel Pennac (my translation) ***** I’ve read this book in French.  On the back cover is a list of ten rights of a reader, which… Continue reading

A Short Story from New Caledonia about Japan. Translated from French

Origami by Anne Bihan (© Translation by Patricia J.F. Worth) Trembling.  It’s what I do best. I’m an expert at trembling. I have an incredible mastery of trembling. Had it since I was very small. Since the day I started kindergarten, the teacher has been telling my mother who comes to pick me up every… Continue reading

366 unusual things: days 239 – 243

26th Aug – Found out that lactose-free cream can’t be whipped. 27th Aug – A 10 year-old told me about a scorpion.  It’s a dirt bike trick where the rider throws his body up off the seat, curling his legs up and back like a scorpion’s tail. 28th Aug – Taught English to an ambassador. … Continue reading