Wednesday, November 01, 2006

The genius of Pushkin.

From James E. Falen's translation of Eugene Onegin:

Her sky-blue eyes, devoid of guile,
Her flaxen curls, her lovely smile,
Her voice, her form, her graceful stance,
Oh, Olga's every trait... But glance
In any novel - you'll discover
Her portrait there; it's charming, true;
I liked it once no less than you,
But round it boredom seems to hover;
And so, dear reader, grant me pause
To plead her elder sister's cause.

Just thought I'd share that with you.

Carry on.

(By the way, that's Pushkin on the cover of the book, and yes, he was black, or of black descent - and proud of it.)


Anonymous said...

This has nothing to do with Pushkin, and everything to do with your long-ago observation that you had become associated, Amazon-wise, with the tuba player Roger Bobo:

>>So the last time I looked it was series 1 and 2 of Shameless. And a CD called Tuba Libera - Roger Bobo.

Okay. Explain that to me, someone.<<

Roger Bobo and his tuba have long been interfering in literature. Witness this John Updike poem:


— Headline in the Times

Eskimos in Manitoba
Barracuda off Aruba
Cock an ear when Roger Bobo
Starts to solo on the tuba.

Men of every station—Pooh-bah
Nabob, bozo, toff and hobo—
Cry in unison, “Indubi-
Tably, there is simply nobo-

Dy who oompahs on the tubo,
Solo, quite like Roger Bobo!”

(John Updike, circa 1960)

So, you're in good company. Makes you want to find out more about Roger Bobo, though, doesn't it?

roger said...

That's amazing. I may now have to buy the Roger Bobo CD. Or if anybody else wants to - please do it through the ad at the bottom, if it's still there. I was trying to influence the ads at one point by talking about my book Taking Comfort a lot so that my book Taking Comfort would appear at the bottom. But I think if we mention Roger Bobo a lot, Roger Bobo the tuba player that is, we may be able to bring him back.