07/18/2017

Aaron Cockle here today with Helen Jo; Safari Festival Reminder; Chitra Ganesh; Helen Frankenthaler

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‘Without a car, commuting into the city via public transit becomes a nightmare.’
Alex Wong talks with Helen Jo about Jo’s translation of Yeon-sik Hong’s Uncomfortably Happily:

[ALEX WONG] Do you think, compared to other books, there was less of a risk of the original material being lost in translation in Uncomfortably Happily? Because of all the universal themes that are covered in the book?

[HELEN JO] I think that something may always be lost in translation. Translating from one language to the next is not mathematics. Even if you strip away all of the cultural context and stick to the academic bare bones of a language itself, you can’t fit a Korean peg into an English hole. Each language is a system of words, connotations, innuendo, context, unspoken intentions, and none of it is exactly equal to its foreign counterparts.

I think a good translation is mindful of that fact, and tries to re-interpret the intent behind the words for the new audience. I may not have been able to provide an exact translation, because an exact translation cannot truly exist, but I did my best to bring the intention and meaning and context of each and every page to the English reader.

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Safari Festival 2017

Poster by Anya Davidson

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Tales of Amnesia
This is just a link to an image search for Chitra Ganesh’s Tales of Amnesia comics.

Chitra Ganesh, from Tales of Amnesia

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As in Nature: Helen Frankenthaler Paintings / No Rules: Helen Frankenthaler Woodcuts 
Helen Frankenthaler has two exhibitions currently at the Clark Institute in Williamstown, MA, USA.

Helen Frankenthaler, “Off White Square” (1973), acrylic on canvas, 79 3/4 x 255 1/2 inches, from the Louis-Dreyfus Family Collection, courtesy of the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation Inc. (© 2017 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)

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A Cosmic Journey – 7-18-2017 – by Cameron Arthur

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Suzy and Cecil – 7-18-2017 – by Sally Ingraham

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Joanie and Jordie – 7-18-2017 – by Caleb Orecchio

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