捍衛長篇小說的尊嚴

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我們慣常聽到的是把長篇寫短的呼籲,我卻在這裏呼籲:長篇就是要往長裏寫!當然,把長篇寫長,並不是事件和字數的累加,而是一種胸中的大氣象,一種藝術的大營造。那些能夠營造精緻的江南園林的建築師,那些在假山上蓋小亭子的建築師,當然也很了不起,但他們大概營造不來故宮和金字塔,更主持不了萬里長城那樣的浩大工程。

長篇小說不能為了迎合這個煽情的時代而犧牲自己應有的尊嚴。長篇小說不能為了適應某些讀者而縮短自己的長度、減小自己的密度、降低自己的難度。我就是要這麼長,就是要這麼密,就是要這麼難,願意看就看,不願意看就不看。哪怕只剩下一個讀者,我也要這樣寫。 Continue reading

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金曲翻譯:EVERY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE

查遍這首歌的翻譯,高手們都卡在from major to minor這一段,其實這與樂理和弦有關,進入翻譯前先簡述如下:
Major是大調和弦,調性愉悅、開朗,例如:軍隊進行曲。
Minor是小調和弦,調性哀怨、悲傷,例如:港都夜雨。
當歌曲中出現大調變小調的轉折時,往往會帶來扣人心懸的效果。
人生如戲亦如歌,大調變小調可與相聚到別離相呼應。心情由歡愉到哀愁的轉變雖屬無奈,但這就是人生。

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我與繪畫的緣分〔英〕邱吉爾

年至四十而從未握過畫筆,老把繪畫視爲神秘莫測之事,然後突然發現自己投身到了一個顔料、調色板和畫布的新奇興趣中去了,並且成績還不怎麽叫人喪氣——這可真是個奇異而又大開眼界的體驗。我很希望別人也能分享到它。klimt

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How To Grow Old

In spite of the title, this article will really be on how not to grow old, which, at my time of life, is a much more important subject. My first advice would be to choose your ancestors carefully. Although both my parents died young, I have done well in this respect as regards my other ancestors. My maternal grandfather, it is true, was cut off in the flower of his youth at the age of sixty-seven, but my other three grandparents all lived to be over eighty. Of remoter ancestors I can only discover one who did not live to a great age, and he died of a disease which is now rare, namely, having his head cut off。youmeimon01-1 Continue reading

A Fellow Traveler

I do not know which of us got into the carriage first. Indeed I did not know he was in the carriage at all for some time. It was the last train from London to a Midland town– a stopping train, an infinitely leisurely train, one of those trains which give you an understanding of eternity. It was tolerably full when it started, but as we stopped at the suburban stations the travelers alighted in ones and twos, and by the time we had left the outer ring of London behind I was alone– or, rather, I thought I was alone. Continue reading

On Umbrella Morals

A sharp shower came on as I walked along the Strand, but I did not put up my umbrella. The truth is I couldn’t put up my umbrella. The frame would not work for one thing, and if it had worked, I would not have put the thing up, for I would no more be seen under such a travesty of an umbrella than Falstaff would be seen marching through Coventry with his regiment of ragamuffins. The fact is, the umbrella is not my umbrella at all. It is the umbrella of some person who I hope will read these lines. He has got my silk umbrella. I have got the cotton one he left in exchange. I imagine him flaunting along the Strand under my umbrella, and throwing a scornful glance at the fellow who was carrying his abomination and getting wet into the bargain. I daresay the rascal chuckled as he eyed the said abomination.brelli-umbrella-2

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學歷的意義

學歷對於求職者真正的功能有二:
1.要不要挑妳來面試的基本門檻,若未達職缺設定的基本學歷,不管履歷內容如何優秀,免談!
2.若好運遇到同校同科系的面試官,肯定是見面三分情。這與學校好壞無關,只是按機率來說,好學校畢業的人比較容易坐在掌握別人生殺大權的位子上。gustav_klimt.lebensbaum Continue reading