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MannyRayner

Manny Rayner's book reviews

I love reviewing books - have been doing it at Goodreads, but considering moving here.

Currently reading

The Greatest Show On Earth: The Evidence For Evolution
Richard Dawkins
R in Action
Robert Kabacoff
Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies
Douglas R. Hofstadter
McGee on Food and Cooking: An Encyclopedia of Kitchen Science, History and Culture
Harold McGee
Epistemic Dimensions of Personhood
Simon Evnine
Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning (Information Science and Statistics)
Christopher M. Bishop
Relativity, Thermodynamics and Cosmology
Richard C. Tolman
The Cambridge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition
Julia Herschensohn, Martha Young-Scholten
Havamal Words Of The High One - Anonymous, W.H. Auden I just saw this wonderful verse quoted in Lars Saabye Christensen's Beatles:
Døyr fe;
døyr frendar;
døyr sjølv det same.
Eg veit eitt
som aldri døyr,
dom um daudan kvar.
After a little searching, here's an English translation, though I'm not sure it's Auden's:
Cattle die, and kinsmen die,
And so one dies one's self;
But a noble name will never die,
If good renown one gets.
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I had to take a shot at translating it as well. Here's what I came up with on the train between Geneva and Basel:
Kine die;
Kinsmen die;
You shall die too;
One thing that will never die
That men said of you.
Hard to get the flavor of the archaic Norwegian!