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AnSionnachRua  ·  440 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The 23rd Semi-Occasional Quote Thread

Karl Gottlob Küttner on the Irish language:

    It is very guttural, even more so than the Zürich dialect, and quite unpleasant to the ear.

- from Poor Green Erin: German Travel Writers' Narratives on Ireland from Before the 1798 Rising to After the Great Famine, edited and translated by Peter Lang.

I remember Death Without Weeping. I actually read very little of it; it's quite a tome, and I can only hate Nestle so much.

On a more serious note, I did very much enjoy some of Nancy Scheper-Hughes' work on the illegal organs trade. She came to the Anthropology Association of Ireland convention back in 2012 while I was doing my master's; she was tiny but really nice, and gave me some recommendations about what I was studying at the time.

Man, that was a long time ago. I should read some anthro work again.

OftenBen  ·  436 days ago  ·  link  ·  

You've MET Scheper-Hughes?

I'm in awe, she's one of my idols.

Death Without Weeping was an emotionally weighty read for me the very first time, and that was true the second time too.

Anthropology writing in general makes me super happy. So far, the ethnographic re-telling has been the best way I've found to understand a people in a place without going there.

Apropos, of nothing, New York City wasn't much of a surprise to me in any way, because I'd read so much about it for so many years.

AnSionnachRua  ·  436 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Ack, I only chatted to her for a few minutes, but she was really nice. If you ever meet her I don 't think you'll be disappointed.

I might have to give DWD a second chance.

Yeah. That's what I used to love about anthropology - getting a sense of a totally different world or way of life. And what it can teach us about ourselves. I used to love anthropology; I dunno what happened.