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We live in Italy and although our kids have grown we see the total admiration that Italians have for children every day. They are cherished almost worshipped by everyone.
They are never a burden or told to be quiet or leave the room when there is a party or…
In language there are all kinds of usages. As I write, I wouldn’t rule out the usage of porcus to mean a full-grown pig any more than I would rule out the use of “girl” to mean a woman, or saying “here kitty” to a tiger. I’d say the first definition in our dictionaries for porcus should be “a young pig.” It’s clearly analogous to words like haedus…
This talk was one of the factors that got to me to head for Guatemala to read the works of Guatemalan Latin poet Rafael Landivar, which became this essay: https://newcriterion.com/issues/2019/2/in-search-of-the-american-virgil
And a previous essay discusses more of the incredible diversity of Neo-Latin authors, who really…
Exactly. We should just be thankful to Dylan for doing all that work with the UN for Africa, admit that his album “Revolver” is one of the great works of art of all time, and leave it at that. Getting the facts straight is so pre-Trump.
Sounds absolutely lovely, and pleasantly familiar too! Though our gemini (the oldest of our kids at 2.5 years old) seem to recognize Latin and Italian as foreign, and won’t use those words — the one exception is that they have used the word “ciao.”
“Pray for a good death,” my mom used to say. “What’s a good death?” I asked. “Your grandfather used to go to church every morning after he retired,” she explained. “When he came home he would buy a copy of the Daily News, then sit in his chair reading until he fell asleep. One day he did that and never woke up. That’s a good death.”
Gellius is a favorite of Justin Slocum Bailey’s too — I find it hard not to think of his voice, lecturing “De Auli Gellii utilitate — necnon iucunditate,” as I read this. Wonderful to hear good things about a Classic I’ve never bothered with.