Book list 2017

I was thinking it might be nice to have a record of the books that I have read over the year. It could help me to make sure that I am at least reading something. I do plenty of reading online but those are usually shorter pieces and not complete novels and such. It also might be of interest to friends and family or for anyone wondering what to read. I will try to keep this list updated as the year progresses. Continue reading

Don’t limit inadvertent learning

Last month, UCT made an announcement about Emeritus Professor Richard Whitaker’s new version of the Illiad which made use of many South African terms. I am not in a position to judge whether this is a good idea or not, although the announcement includes the endorsement, “As for the South African vocabulary and idiom, words like inkosi, indaba, induna and impi actually take us much closer to what Homer was singing about than their English equivalents,” but I want to address this issue of reworking literature or other creative outputs to suit a specific culture. Continue reading

Alice in Wonderland

I kinda like reading classics. After-all they’re classics so they must have had a certain standard and have influenced people long after they were published. I’ve managed to read a couple both when I was in high school and more recently. I’ve done White Fang, Call of the Wild, On the Origin of the Species, 20 000 leagues under the sea, Winnie the Pooh and so on. I’ve also got others in my reading queue like Gone with the Wind and Robinson Crusoe. I’m actually about half-way through Robinson Crusoe, and have been for the last few years. It might be a classic but it’s really hard reading. Continue reading