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Lost London - St Luke's Hospital for Lunatics, Old Street...

A monumental-sized building on Old Street in the City of London, St Luke’s Hospital for Lunatics was founded in 1751 to treat the poor who suffered from mental illnesses. 245 more words

Twentieth Century

Love Letter in Cuneiform, by Tomáš Zmeškal

Tomáš Zmeškal’s Love Letter in Cuneiform (translated by Alex Zucker), I’m sorry to report, was a frustrating read for me. The publisher’s description—which is what attracted my interest in the first place—only covers a small part of this weirdly constructed novel about betrayal, love, family, forgiveness…and immortality, of all things. 534 more words


Translation comparison: Shalamov's Kolyma Stories

If you don’t mind a detour to the twentieth century, here‘s another translation comparison well worth your time. Languagehat looks at translations of Shalamov’s  320 more words

Russian Literature

The Possible World, by Liese O'Halloran Schwarz

Strange and violent things are happening in a small corner of the world around Providence, Rhode Island in Liese O’Halloran Schwarz’s The Possible World. The strangeness and the violence happen immediately. 439 more words


Johnson Park, the Jewel of Cooper Street

In 1914, Victor Talking Machine Company founder Eldridge R. Johnson looked out of the window of his office on the seventh floor of the Victor Executive Building. 831 more words

100 Block

Cluny Brown, by Margery Sharp

If you were to ask any of Cluny’s family members what’s wrong with her, they would tell you that it’s because she doesn’t know her place. 422 more words



Man komt ‘s avonds thuis en merkt dat een andere man ‘s avonds bij zijn vrouw in bed is geweest. Hij zoekt het hele huis af en kijkt tenslotte ook in de slaapkamer-kast, daar staat een totaal naakte man, en toen die ene man vroeg wat de andere daar deed, antwoordde de man in de kast: u kunt het geloven of niet maar ik wacht op de tram. 106 more words

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