We live in a time of retranslation. The logic behind this phenomenon is clear enough. A translation inevitably reflects the language and style of its time. Are new translations always better, or always feasible, even?
Venkatesh RaoSo I tried reading the gutemberg project version of the Decameron, found it unreadable, and went looking for a modern, abridged translation. Instead I found this interesting essay on translation by a guy who turned down a modern translation commission
Once Daryl Morey's new idea became the common knowledge of the NBA - once everyone knows that everyone knows that the way to win NBA games is to maximize 3-point shots and lay-ups - then it became a permanent feature of the way professional...
Venkatesh RaoThe search phrase “inner work” brings up an entire genre of hustle porn that’s not about startups/entrepreneurship. 🧐
Mostly spiritual crowd but some woke politics types too.
Wonder if there’s other genres besides these two. Maybe sports, Hollywood?
A startup that is aiming to digitize millions of neighborhood stores in Bangladesh just raised the country’s largest Series A financing round. Dhaka-headquartered ShopUp said on Tuesday it has raised $22.5 million in a round co-led by Sequoia...
Stuart McMillen’s webcomic adapts (and updates) Postman’s famous book-length essay, Amusing Ourselves to Death, which argues that Aldous Huxley’s vision of the future in Brave New…
Venkatesh RaoHuxley vs Orwell comic. Says a lot about which world we’re living in that I’m sharing a comic. Also that I’ve read Orwell (both 1984 and Animal Farm) but not actually read Huxley. Only a synopsis.
During Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency, he delivered a number of radio broadcasts which became known as fireside chats to inform and build public support for his administration's efforts during the Great Depression, World War II, and the...
Venkatesh RaoOne version that kinda works is the FDR version: a President or pm directly addressing a nation. It’s trying to present a conversation as spectacle that struggles.
Venkatesh RaoHmm randomly trawling for stuff down this bunny trail I remember reading most of the Biggles series as a kid. A fictional fighter pilot turned “air detective” with career spanning WWI to 1950s.
Venkatesh RaoLol, we’re just a sideshow in the viruses vs bacteria war for the planet .
“It is estimated there are more than 10^31 bacteriophages on the planet, more than every other organism on Earth, including bacteria, combined.”