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I Don't Think It Means What You Think It Means: Five Literary Words That Were Tricky to Translate

Happy International Translation Day! Or should I say Joyeux Jour de la Traduction, or perhaps Guten Übersetzungtag?

Semantics aside (for now), translation deserves to be celebrated: it’s awesome, it’s nifty, and it’s essential. Unless you want to spend years learning Russian or Old Icelandic, you need translators if you want to become well-read. But taking a work of literature in one language and wrangling it into another goes way beyond just flipping words over like flash cards—anyone who’s ever screwed around on Google translate for two minutes can tell you that. Preserving the poetry and power of certain passages is a delicate business—and a messy one. Here are five famously stubborn words that have caused many a footnote (and headache) for translators.

Six Publishing-Themed Movies for Every Literary Genre

The publishing industry might not be the most natural fit for exciting on-screen moments. (I’m still waiting for the reality version of So You Think You Can Write?) But that doesn’t mean that Hollywood has completely ignored the thrill that can be found in creating the written word. So if you’re looking for films featuring your beloved profession, below are some movies that tackle every aspect of the publishing industry from literary agents, to bloggers, to ghost writers, to children’s books, to the occasional psychotic editor.

Word On The Street in Toronto: Photo Recap

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013 was a cold day. It was also the day that the Word on the Street Festival took place at Queen’s Park.

I woke up far too early to get downtown for my morning shift as a volunteer at the festival. It was my first year ever at the festival. I was wide eyed with excitement... and from exhaustion. I made my way to the volunteer tent through the gorgeous park, and saw some great things along the way. 

Wearing Reminders to Write: Vintage Typewriter Key Necklaces

Feeling nostalgic for the clack of your old Remington portable, but not ready to return to the days of Wite-Out? Indulge your memory of that mechanical clack-clack-clack with a handmade necklace from Rocky Mountain Accents. Based out of Denver, CO, Michaela Jenkins creates jewelry using vintage typewriter keys, and the necklaces are available in both one and two-letter versions. 3+ letter necklaces available by request.

Each item is made to order with a 20" gunmetal-grey chain and a lobster-style clasp. Since the keys are taken from Jenkins' available supply of typewriters, buyers are encouraged to double-check that their desired letters are available, as well as to specify if they prefer a white or black background.

Single letter necklaces are priced at $23, and additional letters are $10. Check them out

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