January 6, 2011

1. "Poetry is the Great Memory, every word a live metaphor." (Ferlinghetti, Poetry as Insurgent Art, 36).

2. As my Latin and Hebrew are getting rusty, I've just re-purchased both the Hebrew Bible (in Hebrew, obviously) and the Vulgate Bible.

3. Re-reading Leaves of Grass.

4. WZ is back in Beijing. Tonight we are going to a Ukrainian restaurant that hires former Soviet Army performers to sing old Soviet songs, usually accompanied by an accordion. The Chinese old-timers know these songs from their youth and sing along. It's actually quite special and nostalgic.


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