Theory snippet: Translation

Why is it so hard to say what you mean? Why won’t others understand you, and vice versa? George Steiner suggests that by looking at communcation as an act of Translation, we can see more closely what happens. And what might go wrong.

Accessible Cultural Theory: I think it’s essential

Cultural theory, Critical Theory, Literary theory. All very complicated and interesting: many smart and famous sounding people devoted their life to developing and studying it, and how it can help us understand society, art, everything. But who helps you to understand the theory? What’s Annew!

Goodreadings: The Warehouse

The Warehouse by Rob Hart; written in 2019, and much more recognizable in 2021 than I ever hoped. Large companies deliver everything we might wish for to our doorstep as we hardly leave the house anymore: let’s hope the rest of Hart’s dystopian novel doesn’t come true, too.

Death of the Author Roland Barthes

Theory Snippet: Death of the Author

Death of the Author, what does that mean? In this first Theory Snippet I attempt to explain what Roland Barthes’ essay ‘The Death of the Author’ intended, and how it is relevant when trying to separate Art from the Artist.

I love notebooks.

I talk an awful lot about books on this blog, but let’s discuss the tomes you’re supposed to fill yourself. Notebooks! I love collecting them, but I’m often scared to start writing since my handwriting isn’t the neatest. But is that enough reason to keep those pages empty?

On Rereading Books

Some people make it a tradition to reread certain books regularly, while others get rid of books as soon as they’ve finished them. Is rereading just a waste of time, or is there something that can be won by coming back to your favourite books throughout your life? Let’s see what a specialist on the subject has to say! (What- no, it’s not me! I discuss what the specialist says…)

Goodreadings: His Majesty’s Dragon

Today I discuss a long time favorite of mine: the Temeraire Series by Naomi Novik. An awesome Historical Fantasy series which adds the military use of dragons to the Napoleonic War. What could go wrong with that?