Episode 24: This Little Art by Kate Briggs

Introduction

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In episode twenty-four, we discuss This Little Art by Kate Briggs.

What is it to translate another writer’s words? What is to consume a translation? Taking as her starting point her own translations work, Briggs explores these questions and so much more in her genre-bending novel length essay This Little Art.

Witty and thoughtful and with as many questions as answers, This Little Art is an original and layered discussion of the art of translation and perhaps of what it means to read and to write, too.

Show Notes

Kate Briggs’s This Little Art by Carlos Fonseca: https://bombmagazine.org/articles/kate-briggss-this-little-art/

Kate Briggs, “This Little Art”: https://translationista.com/2018/07/kate-briggs-this-little-art.html

Did He Really Say That? On the Perils and Pitfalls of Translation: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/28/books/review/kate-briggs-this-little-art.html

How Do We Judge Translations?: https://lithub.com/how-do-we-judge-translations/

WAITING TRANSLATIONS: A CONVERSATION WITH KATE BRIGGS: http://www.musicandliterature.org/features/2017/11/20/a-conversation-with-kate-briggs

Why Translation Deserves Scrutiny: https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/10/23/why-translation-deserves-scrutiny/

Changing, Adjusting, Expanding: Conversation On The Art Of Translation With Author & Translator Kate Briggs: https://www.bookculture.com/blog/2018/08/21/changing-adjusting-expanding-conversation-art-translation-author-translator-kate

Recommendations:

Fi:

The First Time Podcast: https://thefirsttimepodcast.com/

Total Eclipse by Annie Dillard

Neve:

Princess Cyd: https://www.netflix.com/au/title/80201497

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin: https://www.booktopia.com.au/ayesha-at-last-uzma-jalaluddin/prod9781443455848.html

Mrs Martin's Incomparable Adventure by Courtney Milan: https://www.amazon.com.au/Mrs-Martins-Incomparable-Adventure-Worth-ebook/dp/B07P4DPLX7

Can't Escape Love by Alyssa Cole: https://www.booktopia.com.au/ebooks/can-t-escape-love-alyssa-cole/prod9780062931887.html

Kirby:

Bark by Lorrie Moore: https://www.booktopia.com.au/bark-lorrie-moore/prod9780307740861.html

The Library Book by Susan Orlean: https://www.booktopia.com.au/the-library-book-susan-orlean/prod9781782392262.html

Spotify Guilty Pleasures playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1DX4pUKG1kS0Ac

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Episode 23: When One Person Dies the Whole World is Over by Mandy Ord

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When One Person Dies the Whole World is Over is a diary comic chronicling the year in the life of its author and illustrator, Mandy Ord. Published this year by Brow Books, it is billed as ‘funny, sad and perfectly magnetic’, with illustrator Oslo Davis describing it as ‘unashamedly personal’.

When One Person Dies tries to find meaning in the everyday. From moments of levity too soon forgotten to life changing loss, Mandy Ord gives the reader an intimate look at the transcendent and the mundane of her life. 

Mandy Ord is a comics artist, a cartoonist, an illustrator, a speaker and teacher of comics, a greengrocer and a disability support worker. Mandy is a prolific comics artist, publishing her work in places like Meanjin, The Age, Voiceworks and Going Down Swinging. She has also published several graphic novels, with her second book, Sensitive Creatures, winning a White Ravens award at the Bologna Book Fair. 

Show Notes:

When One Person Dies the Whole World is Over excerpt: https://www.theliftedbrow.com/liftedbrow/2019/2/4/excerpt-when-one-person-dies-the-whole-world-is-over-by-mandy-ord

Graeme Simsion, Jane Caro, Ginger Gorman and more on what they're reading in February: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/feb/01/graeme-simsion-jane-caro-ginger-gorman-and-more-on-what-theyre-reading-in-february

Mandy Ord gives an interview on The Glasshouse: https://www.rrr.org.au/explore/programs/the-glasshouse/episodes/6389-the-glasshouse-13-february-2019

Luke Davies on Mandy Ord and Australia’s graphic novel scene: https://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2012/june/1342424201/luke-davies/memory-palaces

Mandy Ord on her one-eyed portrayal: https://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/in-the-frame-20080615-ge75th.html

Oslo Davis on Mandy Ord: https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/an-eye-for-detail-20110826-1jdzl.html

Ronnie Scott reviews 'Sensitive Creatures' by Mandy Ord: https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/abr-online/archive/2012/67-march-2012/782-mandy-ord-sensitive-creatures

Recommendations:

Fi

Second Mother by Sinéad Gleeson

Blue Hills and Chalk Bones by Sinéad Gleeson

London Review Bookshop podcast with Deborah Levy and Olivia Laing

Kirby

Homesick For Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh

The Cost of Living by Deborah Levy

Things I Don’t Want to Know by Deborah Levy

Neve

Milk Teeth by Rae White

Magical Negro by Morgan Parker

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Episode 22: The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector

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‘The story of a girl who was so poor that all she ate was hot dogs. That's not the story, though. The story is about a crushed innocence, about an anonymous misery.’ This is how Clarice Lispector describes The Hour of the Star, the novella she published shortly before her death in 1977.

Colm Tóibín writes that reading The Hour of the Sun is ‘like being brought backstage during the performance of a play and allowed odd glimpses of the actors and the audience, and further and more intense glimpses of the mechanics of the theatre – the scene and costume changes, the creation of artifice – with many interruptions by the backstage staff.’

Ostensibly the story of poverty and sexism and a young woman struggling to survive, The Hour of the Sun is also a fascinating exploration of the how and why of storytelling thanks to a particularly intrusive narration.

Perhaps Brazil’s greatest modern writer, Lispector was prolific, publishing nine novels, ten short story collections, children’s books and a range of journalism and other non-fiction writing, some of which has been translated.

Show Notes:

Clarice Lispector's The Hour of the Star is as bewildering as it is brilliant: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jan/18/clarice-lispector-hour-of-the-star

What I loved: Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector: https://www.readings.com.au/news/what-i-loved-hour-of-the-star-by-clarice-lispector

My Hour of the Star: On Clarice Lispector: https://themillions.com/2012/01/my-hour-of-the-star-on-clarice-lispector.html

Hour of the Star Clarice Lispector: https://www.rte.ie/entertainment/book-reviews/2014/0422/610240-hour-of-the-star-by-clarice-lispector/

Latin American Book Club: The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector: https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/booksandarts/books-and-arts-thursday-29-june-2017/8651368

Reading Pathways: Clarice Lispector Books: https://bookriot.com/2018/10/17/clarice-lispector-books/

The True Glamour of Clarice Lispector: https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-true-glamour-of-clarice-lispector

The Second Death of Clarice Lispector: https://electricliterature.com/the-second-death-of-clarice-lispector-68b96feb9cf3

The Tenuous Nonfiction of Clarice Lispector’s Crônicas: https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2017/12/14/tenuous-nonfiction-clarice-lispectors-cronicas/

If you were to read one Clarice Lispector book, which should it be?: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/if-you-were-to-read-one-clarice-lispector-book-which-should-it-be-1.1861874

Recommendations:

Neve:

The Good Trouble

Maxine Beneba Clarke at Saturday Paper

Virginia Woolf essay: Mr Bennett and Mrs Brown

Kirby:

Derry Girls on Netflix

‘The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath’ by Leslie Jamison

Fi:

‘On Looking: Essays’ Lia Purpura

‘Say Hello’ by Carly Findlay

Russian Doll on Netflix

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