“Readers were also drawn to Ms. Oliver’s poems by their quality of confiding intimacy; to read one is to accompany her on one of her many walks through the woods or by the shore. Poems often came to her on these walks, and she prepared for this eventuality by secreting pencils in the woods near her home.”
In the comments we discover that there is a Sicilian-Italian dictionary for Montalbano fans. Will be looking at that as my Sicilian is rusty. My thesis adviser was Sicilian, but he died several years ago. I never really spoke it, but I could read it.
Oh no! Just woke up to this news. The last Montalbano's he dictated as he was blind. In a deep dark secret location at Sellerio (his Montalbano publishers) is the last Montalbano left there years ago for publishing after Camilleri's death. I have read every single one of his books and loved them all particularly those looking at episodes of Sicilian history. If Lagatta hasn't found this yet . . .the link to the dictionary
Watching Montalbano videos with my parents triggered the horrifying revelation that in Italy, learning Italian doesn't mean one can speak the language people actually speak in the regions. I was just grazing a Camilleri book of short stories called "Gli Arancini di Montalbano" the other day in fact. I suspect that there are a lot of Italians whose Sicilian vocabulary was likewise mostly learned watching Montalbano stories.
There was a special about Jim Lehrer’s career on PBS last night. I tuned in a tiny bit late and in the 10 minutes or so that I listened, not once did any one say “dead”, “died” or “passing of”, or post his birth and death dates over his image, so I wasn’t sure he’d died until it was reported in the news this morning.
Maybe they just couldn’t bear to say that he was gone for good. He had a 34 year career with the PBS News Hour, 20 years as co-anchor with McNeil, and 14 years as solo anchor, and he moderated 12 US presidential debates, more than any other reporter. We’ve missed him since he retired. A good reporter and a good man. RIP Jim Lehrer.
In the NYTimes obit, it was mentioned that NewsHour had been criticized for being boring. Yeah, I guess reporting the facts or sincerely interviewing major players is way more boring than fake banter, fake outrage, misleading sound bites, blonde bimbos, etc. Is it possible to hope that Lehrer's death might move journalists back towards actual journalism?