Review of The Language Hoax: Why the World Looks the Same in Any Language

Perhaps the most famous invocation of Sapir-Whorf is the claim that because Eskimos have dozens of words for snow, they have a mental apparatus that equips them differently—and, one assumes, better—than, say, Arabs, to perceive snow.

from ‘A dozen words for “misunderstood”‘, a review of The Language Hoax: Why the World Looks the Same in Any Language

Snow Tracks
Snow Tracks (Photo credit: Chalkie_CC)

Centenary of Joyce’s ‘Dubliners’

Many students read ‘Araby’ from James Joyce’s short story collection Dubliners in first year. This is the centenary of the book’s publication (which was marked by controversy as its representation of Dublin was considered unflattering).



London Review of Books
London Review of Books (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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Shakespeare in America

The Library of America series (which is well summed up by its own tagline, ‘America’s best and most significant writing in durable and authoritative editions’) has added James Shapiro (ed.), Shakespeare in America to its list which has writing from Mark Twain to Bill Clinton.

See NY Times Sunday Book Review

President Roosevelt's signature in the visitors' book in Shakespeare's birthplace, Stratford-Upon-Avon.
President Roosevelt’s signature in the visitors’ book in Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-Upon-Avon.