Tuesday, August 29, 2006

On the nightstand

Heidegger's "Letter on Humanism" - after it took me 2-1/2 days to decipher each word with Webster's dictionary & the Greek alphabet, an online Latin & Greek dictionary, and the OED; Sartre's "Existentialism is a Humanism" (to which Heidegger is presumably responding); the Tao Te Ching (two different translations); the Bible (NIV) - especially I Thessalonians; an introduction to Heidegger's "Letter" from another anthology; mechanical pencil with which to fill the margins with my emendations; a cup of coffee; Griga - not on the table but who always needs to be pressed against me, asleep, while he throws off heat like a little furnace must be mentioned as part of the scene; Inalcik's The Ottoman Empire: The Classical Age 1300-1600; remote control for when the headiness gets too much; dirty mouth guard I wear in order to breathe at night; a box of TLC crackers; a used yoghurt container - licked clean; dirty spoon; cell phone that never rings (or is never answered when it does); old comic sections from last week's newspaper; a wooden bowl; various articles about translation theory & practice; my feet

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