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Combined Historian . teaches . #AngloDutch . he/him . funcrusher

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slevelt , to medievodons
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my edition and translation of the Middle Dutch Brut (the earliest chronicle of England in Dutch) is now out in paperback! https://liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/doi/book/10.3828/9781800348608 @bookstodon @medievodons

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if anything good can come out of the disaster at the , surely it’s a rethink of accepting digital “copies” as fulfilment of legal deposit. @bookstodon

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@zenkat @bookstodon it’s a two-parter: 1) in October, the British Library has suffered a cyber attack; most digital services have not yet recovered https://www.computerweekly.com/feature/British-Library-cyber-attack-explained-What-you-need-to-know 2) Legal Deposit is the arrangement that obliges publishers to send a copy of every publication to the British Library (and, if requested to do so, to 4 other libraries), to preserve and ensure access to future generations, in place since the 17th century. since 2013, the arrangement has been that digital “copies” suffice, even for books that are published on paper too. the “default” was agreed to be print, but that default is not enforced or necessarily adhered to. https://www.legaldeposit.org.uk

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@edbilodeau @zenkat @bookstodon I do not know but in any case the expressed rationale of legal deposit is preservation and access (“both in order to preserve the material for the use of future generations and to make it available for readers”).

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oh and nobody needs to tell me that physical libraries are vulnerable, too — I’ve studied the Cotton Collection so believe me, I know. that, however, does not take away that digital “copies” fundamentally cannot promise anywhere near the survival chances that physical books do.

you can tell me I was wrong about this in about 1100 years, which is the approximate age of the oldest manuscript I have worked with. good as new.

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@albnelson @bookstodon yes, God is very much Christ in these illustrations, so indeed it’s echoing the walking on water, too - which may well not be entirely unintentional

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@glennf @krans @bookstodon or, you know, codices. since that technology already exists and has proven reasonably reliable, and its durability also economically feasible over long periods of time (measuring in centuries up to about a millennium and a half and counting, not decades)

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noticed this week that my Dutch accent was playing up stronger than usually, and some interference with Dutch words in my English - then remembered I have recently read 800 pages of c1900 Dutch author Louis Couperus.

the brain goes where it goes 😖

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@mvilain @bookstodon not quite! lelijke eend is the Citroën 2CV; the VE Beetle, however, in Dutch is “kever”, which means “bug”, but only the insect; for “bug” Dutch programmers no doubt use “bug” (or “fout”, i.e. “error”) 😅

slevelt , to vinylrecords
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Miles Davis - Porgy and Bess @vinylrecords

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and meanwhile, @bookstodon

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@pitrouillesque @bookstodon I think it’s beautiful - very much enjoying it.

slevelt , to bookstodon
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Done. And between harrowing sorrow, an uplifting twist at the end, which while to some extent predictable, nevertheless was dealt with beautifully sensitively, remaining almost unspoken. Couperus really was a fantastic writer.

Now on to the fourth and final volume of the series. @bookstodon

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slevelt , to bookstodon
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Re-reading this, volume 3 of Louis Couperus’ Books of Small Souls: Soul’s Twilight (1901). Mental illness, depression, infidelity, ageing, loneliness, poverty, and passing. I had some memory, but had forgotten how dark it is exactly - or perhaps it did not land so hard with me when I read it as a teenager. An amazing book but really I also cannot wait to be able to leave it behind.

There’s the little glimmer of hope of a young man’s decision to walk away from the destiny inherited from his parents’ mistakes, which will pay off (I hope!) in volume 4. @bookstodon

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@bibliolater I don’t know if you already do, but I very much like how following @bookstodon enriches my feed with people’s conversations about books

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cc @bookstodon — support your local (and not so local) independent bookstore!

From: @fireflybookstore
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have been reading this - from 1901, part 2 of Louis Couperus’ Books of Small Souls - a treatment of an unhappy marriage, the possibility of infidelity, the possibility of divorce. it’s been a pleasure to read Dutch again for the first time in a long while, and I don’t know whether we’ve had a better writer in the language. @bookstodon

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have been reading this - from 1901, part 2 of Louis Couperus’ Books of Small Souls - a treatment of an unhappy marriage, the possibility of infidelity, the possibility of divorce. it’s been a pleasure to read Dutch again for the first time in a long while, and I don’t know whether we’ve had a better writer in the language. @bookstodon

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this would be not great if the British Library wasn’t notorious for demanding ridiculous levels of ID evidence from its readers for registration. as it is, however, it is truly truly atrocious. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-67544504 @bookstodon

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@bookstodon @jd ok so they’ve discovered that libraries hold vast caches of personal information and are targeting them now worldwide? this is fine gif

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now reading Het late leven, part 2 of De boeken der kleine zielen, by Louis Couperus (available in English transl. by Alexander Teixeira de Mattos), and there's much that I don't remember, and it's all wonderful. @bookstodon

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My October reading wrap up is up on my channel 📚 It was a good reading month 😃
https://youtu.be/GEUov2m0FSk?si=lJkS3WOJcA5uuBPT @bookstodon

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@nevial @bregje this query came across my feed thanks to the @bookstodon tag, so apologies if you weren’t looking for others to budge in - but Tonke Dragt’s Torenhoog en mijlenbreed and Ogen van tijgers are classics of Dutch science fiction, and written with younger as well as older readers in mind, so reasonably accessible.

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read Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, Couperus’ Kleine Zielen, Sebald’s Emigrants this holiday. @bookstodon

next:

slevelt , to bookstodon
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Do you have a monograph in early modern / renaissance studies published between 1 Jan 2022 & 31 Dec 2023? Enter it for the Society for Renaissance Studies book prize! Deadline 31 January 2024:
https://www.rensoc.org.uk/funding-prizes/society-biennial-book-prize/

@histodons @bookstodon @earlymodons

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NB while the SRS is UK-based, your submission does not need to be Anglocentric, nor do you need to be an established scholar to make a chance - and “early modern / renaissance” is interpreted generously. I submitted my PhD-turned-into-a-book on late medieval and EM Dutch chronicles from a Dutch publisher, and the jury took it seriously, between submissions from much more esteemed colleagues in much more established subdisciplines https://www.rensoc.org.uk/funding-prizes/society-biennial-book-prize/

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slevelt , to bookstodon
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decided to revisit Louis Couperus’ De boeken der kleine zielen (The Books of Small Souls) -- reading which in my teens shaped my relation to the Dutch language more than any other book, but which I haven’t read again since.

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binding of a 1950s edition of Louis Couperus’ De kleine zielen
First page of Louis Couperus’ De kleine zielen - text in Dutch

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I honestly don’t remember how often I read it those years - 3, perhaps 4 times. it starts as good as I remember it. what a great writer Couperus was.

the English translation of Small Souls does not, and could not, do justice to his Dutch, which truly is exceptionally good, but it does capture his perceptiveness, humanity and humour: gutenberg.org/ebooks/34021 @bookstodon

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there’s a lot of French phrases being used by the characters in Couperus’ The Hague of c1901, but I’m noticing some anglicisms in their Dutch, too: @bookstodon

slevelt , to histodons
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very pleased to see groups making the move here (rather than moving from one privately-owned, billionaire-run place to the next); today two new accounts of particular potential interest to @histodons as well as the Humanities Commons community: @exploreyourarchive and @HistDialogue

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visited Waterstones Leeds this afternoon, and found this impressive display of books. any recommendations for what I should read next among these, or beyond? @bookstodon

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@bookstodon @RASinn what amazingly rich cover art! and looks like it has contents to match. thank you for the recommendation!

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@bookstodon @airadam thanks! I had only a second to look but that one that stood out for me as one I should have a longer look at. now I will!

slevelt , to bookstodon
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Goddess, sing of the cataclysmic wrath. Finally.

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Title page of a book: HOMER THE ILIAD TRANSLATED BY EMILY WILSON.

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  • slevelt , to bookstodon
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    a while back I asked on here for recommendations for books that are fun to read yet feel somehow significant - thank you @ferngirl for recommending Yan Ge’s Strange Beasts of China and Nnedi Okorafor’s Lagoon; each in its own unique way perfectly fit the bill, and each will stay with me I am sure

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    paperback: Yan Ge’s Strange Beasts of China; dark blue with a city silhouette in the background and a pink feather in the foreground

    slevelt , to medievodons
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    The Medieval Chronicle 15: Essays in Honour of Erik Kooper

    A Festschrift of The Medieval Chronicle series published by Brill was recently published, with essays dedicated to Erik Kooper. Before his retirement, Kooper, who specialised in medieval literature, was a lecturer in the English programme at @utrechtuniversity

    Read more: https://www.uu.nl/en/publication/the-medieval-chronicle-15-essays-in-honour-of-erik-kooper

    @histodons @medievodons @medieval

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