Translating the translator (part 1): Talking to Andrew Frisardi

Now that the buzz around Dan Brown’s novel “Inferno” is settling down, let’s talk about Dante—the real Dante. Andrew Frisardi is a celebrated translator and poet who calls Orvieto, Italy, his home and whose creative home is Italian literature. His most recent translation work includes the prize-winning Selected Poems of Giuseppe Ungaretti and Dante's Vita … Continue reading Translating the translator (part 1): Talking to Andrew Frisardi

The once and future mystery: recent in bookstores

A few years ago, Adam Ardrey published a couple of books about the history behind the King Arthur legend, and he titled them "Finding Merlin" and "Finding Arthur." Both are speculative histories that peel away the myths and try to identify the flesh-and-blood figures of early Britain who inspired the Arthurian legend. When "Finding Camlann" (W.W. … Continue reading The once and future mystery: recent in bookstores

Reviews of Dan Brown’s latest … ugh

Another Dan Brown novel, another pack of smug reviews. Here’s my confession:  I’m already sick of the reviews of Brown’s "Inferno," and the book only pubbed a day ago. Reviewers say that Brown doesn’t do anything new in his latest, but here’s the thing: neither do they. The criticisms are predictable; the angles are all … Continue reading Reviews of Dan Brown’s latest … ugh