Thursday, 11 December 2008

Living in a Bilingual World (Cantata)


'The Battle to Save the Semicolon'
Part of the current exhibition at the National Gallery
1st Oct 2008 - 1st Feb 2009
The National Gallery
Trafalgar Square
London
WC2N 5DN
For more information on this exhibition click here.
Copyright 2008

13 comments:

  1. I like Jonathan Franzen's take:

    "I love a good semicolon, but this sounds like one of those Literature is Dead! stories that the New York Times likes to run. I've never heard from a reader confused by one of my semicolons, and I don't remember ever throwing a book aside for being semicolon-free."

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  2. I loved that one, too. I guess that the semicolon is there to express an afterthought, an idea that is not an idea and yet is linked to the original idea in the only way ideas are: ideally.

    Thanks for passing by.

    Greetings from London.

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  3. I like to think of the semicolon as an elegant pause.

    Wonderful painting.

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  4. I quite like that, willow, 'an elegant pause'. Hmmm... I wonder whether I can pilfer it :-).

    Greetings from London.

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  5. I was unaware that it was threatened.
    Since it is not so obstructive, I wonder who might want to eliminate it.
    Long life the semi!
    Saludos,
    Al Godar

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  6. LOng live hte semi, Al! But actually it started in your neck of the woods, man: the Francophone community :-).

    Greetings from London.

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  8. Semi-colons, afterthoughts, a place for the ramblings of voices in my head are all essentials. Shame on them.

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  9. Thanks, Melissa and T, for your kind comments. Melissa, I will be popping by your place in no time.

    T, that's what it is: an afterthought :-).

    Greetings from London.

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  10. So much passion to defend a tool of communication. An excellent use of art!

    I was not familiar with Steuben's work - he's a very interesting artist! Thank you!

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  11. Thank you for passing by.

    Greetings form London.

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  12. "On reconnaît tout de suite un homme de jugement à l'usage qu'il fait du point et virgule." (Henry de Montherlant, Carnets). I am quite fond of the "point et virgule" for the layering of complexity which it allows. Though some think of it as a smudge, I find it much more elegant than the hyphen. My generation of Cuban-Americans grew up living life on the hyphen.
    --Curmudgeon

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  13. Oh, yes, the hyphen! And the colon! Never ever mix those three up :-)!

    Thanks for passing by.

    Greetings from London.

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