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.
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?
Oh, I'm terribly sad. El viejo might have been the first novel I read in Spanish - yes, interesting but not difficult writing. There was an ocelot in that story as well as the old man - will have to look up his other stories featuring critters (and other ones) through our library system... when it is up and running again.