Canals on Mars

Excerpted from Dancing on Ropes: Translators & the Balance of History by Anna Aslanyan: In August of 1877, the Italian astronomer Giovanni Virginio Schiaparelli turned his telescope towards Mars.  The director of the Brera Observatory in Milan had installed an eight-inch Merz refractor on the roof of the Brera Palace, initially to observe double stars. Continue reading “Canals on Mars”

Ordinary tyranny

Once any tyranny becomes accepted as ordinary, its victory is assured. Bir despotluk sıradan olarak kabul edildiğinde, artık zaferi kesindi. David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas Çeviren: Bilge Gündüz Illustrations: The Decameron

Cloud Atlas

Souls cross ages like clouds cross skies, an’ tho’ a cloud’s shape nor hue nor size don’t stay the same, it’s still a cloud an’ so is a soul.  Who can say where the cloud’s blowed from or who the soul’ll be ‘morrow?   Bulutlar gökleri nası’ aşıyo’sa ruhlar da çağları ööle aşar, bi’ bulutunContinue reading “Cloud Atlas”

Scribbling

How vulgar, this hankering after immortality, how vain, how false.  Composers are merely scribblers of cave paintings.  One writes music because winter is eternal and because, if one didn’t, the wolves and blizzards would be at one’s throat all the sooner. Bu ölümsüzlük isteği ne kadar bayağı, mağrurca ve sahte bir şey.  Besteciler çalakalem mağaraContinue reading “Scribbling”

Betty White explains Inception

Community, Season 2 premiere Setting: Mimpousa, Congo Man 1:  So how can they get into his subconscious when it’s only a projection of Tom Berenger? Sadece Tom Berenger’inki bir projeksiyon olduğunu, onun bilinçaltısı nasıl girebiliyorlar? Betty White:  He’s not a projection, he’s the British guy pretending to be Tom Berenger. O bir projeksiyon değil, TomContinue reading “Betty White explains Inception”

Love in the Days of Rebellion

Excerpted from Love in the Days of Rebellion, by Ahmet Altan, English translation by Brendan Freely and Yelda Türedi He stood and paced with a joy he couldn’t resist; without being sure if this had come to mind at that moment or if he’d read it somewhere, he said: “Whatever it is for nature toContinue reading “Love in the Days of Rebellion”

Bir kahraman bulmak

We rarely seek that which we do not expect to find.  Send a hero into a lion’s den, and his task is clear.  It is a hero of another order who can summon up the courage to lower himself into a well of which we have no knowledge. Sabahattin Ali, Madonna in a Fur CoatContinue reading “Bir kahraman bulmak”

Find Gardeners Two and Five and Gardener Seven

Alice biraz çekinerek, “O gülleri neden boyadığınızı lütfen söyler misiniz?” diye sordu. Beş ve Yedi ağızlarını açmayarak İki’ye baktılar.  İki, hafif bir sesle anlatmaya başladı.  “Durum şu küçük hanım.  Burada kırmızı gül ağacı olması gerekiyordu.  Biz yanlışlıkla burası beyaz olanını diktik.  Yani, eğer Kraliçe işi fark ederse hepimizin kafasını kestirir.” Lewis Carroll, Alice Harikalar Diyarında,Continue reading “Find Gardeners Two and Five and Gardener Seven”

Kendini kandırmak

I have grown more deterministic over the years, more and more often I think that one doesn’t really have a choice, that who you are shapes your response to the situations that arise, and that you become who you are in response to the situations you have found yourself in and had to deal withContinue reading “Kendini kandırmak”