Sat, 28 July 2007
I guess I do most of my book shopping online these days...
Category:Technology & Society -- posted at: 3:21am EDT
Hmmm...how I got to this page is not a mystery, but it\\\'s weird. Anyway, I actually came upon it by error, but I did read this entry, and low and behold, I had a response to it. You mention the Benjamin Jewett\\\'s translations of Plato, and Jewett himself. I don\\\'t know if you\\\'re familiar with Tom Stoppard, the playwright. But he wrote a play entitled \\\"The Invention of Love\\\" about the poet A.E. Houseman, and Jewett is a character in it. He is portrayed as a naive (k)numbskull more or less; apparently he was Houseman\\\'s Classic\\\'s teacher, but when Houseman, after doing extensive research on Plato and Attic Life in general, told Jewett that the \\\'love\\\' expressed by men for other men in Greek poetry and other genres was in fact physical, Jewett\\\'s reaction was complete shock and disbelief. In fact, (according to the play), Houseman got so disgusted with academic life at hmmm...OK, it was Cambridge or Oxford...that instead of taking a lecturer position in Classics (for which he was emininently qualified) worked as a clerk for five years, then eventually took a job as a Greek & Latin teacher -- and went on to not only be a Greek & Latin scholar and teacher, but also a well-known poet, the latter is what he is more famous for \\\'To an Athlete Dying Young\\\' etc. In any case, I suppose you can say that Frank Sinatra\\\'s ties with the Mafia have nothing to do with his fine singing, although since translation and interpretation do take a certain amount of judgment, it gives me pause when I think about Jewett. BTW, if you plan to ever open a bookstore, good luck. I grew up in my grandfather\\\'s, and he sold books in seven or eight languages.
I go to Bowdoin College currently and can\\\\\\\'t think of a used bookstore nearby. There\\\\\\\'s Bookland at Cook\\\\\\\'s Corner and Gulf of Maine books on Maine St. down the road from campus, but neither sell used exclusively. It\\\\\\\'s quite possible that it\\\\\\\'s still there since many businesses are tucked into the residential areas, in basements, etc. in the area. Where was it located relative to the Art Museum?