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The limits of my language are not the limits of my world

Viewed from space, political borders are totally arbitrary. Why draw borders around a nation state, as opposed to a city state? Is someone who moves from Leeds to London to find a job not an economic migrant? On Earth, of … Continue reading

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(Nabokov) Translating Nabokov

Nabokov’s poetry remains little known to English-speaking audiences. In English, he published only fourteen short pieces, all in The New Yorker and all relatively light. Yet, in Russian, Nabokov published hundreds of poems, the vast bulk of which date from … Continue reading

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Λεξιπενία

Most readers of this blog will be encountering its title for the first time. As far as naming conventions go, I plead unoriginality: striving for the exotic, it’s potentially just arch and pseudy. But as I like my obscurantism unfashionable, … Continue reading

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