Wednesday, October 20, 2010

a linguist on broadway

The NYT reviews a new play centering on an historical linguist called The Language Archive. Money quote:

The Language Archive” does contain some bewitchingly fine speeches on the manner in which words can sometimes fail to convey the overwhelming nature of feeling and its capacity for flux. In one of the best, Mary addresses the audience on the subject of the odd proximity between states of extreme emotion.

“Sometimes you can feel so sad, it begins to feel like happiness,” she muses. “And you can be so happy that it starts to feel like grief.”

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