方方的《风景》

碰上方方的《风景》是在大学时代,那时候互联网在国内刚刚开始,有一个假期我宅在宿舍里“冲浪”。在当时的互联网上,纯文学还是一个重要的内容分类。不记得是在什么网站上,随便浏览的时候,打开了这篇中篇小说。

那时候白鹿原刚刚获得茅盾文学奖,而我在高中时看完就觉得它必然能得奖。预言得到验证使当时的我对自己的文学眼光颇有些自矜,对于这篇我此前还不知道的作品并没有多少期望。

但作者简洁冷峻的笔触很快吸引了我,尤其读到父亲和母亲吵架的场景:

父亲和母亲的喉咙都大得惊人。平均七分钟一趟的火车都没能压住他们的喧闹。于是左邻右舍来看热闹,那时正是晚饭时候,一个个的观众端着碗将门前围得密密匝匝。他们一边嚼着饭一边笑嘻嘻地对父亲和母亲评头论足。母亲朝父亲吐唾沫时,就有议论说母亲这个姿势没有以前好看了。父亲怒不可遏地砸碗时,好些声音又说砸碗没有砸开水瓶的声音好听。不过了解内情的人会立即补充说他们家主要是没有开水瓶,要不然父亲是不会砸碗的。所有人都能证明父亲是这个叫河南棚子的地方的一条响当当的好汉。

寥寥几笔,画面感极强。呼啸而过的火车,嘶吼暴跳的父母,嬉笑点评的邻居,但这画面是被静音的,慢动作的,只有作者平静而疏离的画外音,缓缓流淌。后来我在电影中见到这种手法,总忍不住想,这手法可能来自方方。

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80年代末的上海什么样子?

今日上海的面貌使我们已经难以想象她之前的样子,所以BBC记者Clive James记录下的1989年5月的上海就弥足珍贵了。

Clive James在上海生活了一个月,影片记录了当时普通人的衣食住行,也记录了今天不太为人知道的街头运动。至少从文案质量上看,今天的网红还是要跟着Clive学习一个。

解说词有一种英国人有距离的没心没肺的幽默感,在今天可以一笑置之。影片结尾说看起来中国正在毫无顾忌地拥抱资本主义,没有任何发生激烈的冲突迹象。很有讽刺意义。

上海永安百货老板郭标的四女儿Daisy Kwok(郭婉莹)在影片中接受采访,

讲述自己从前的优裕生活和在文革中的经历。

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Disappointed by the Testaments

Walking by a bookstore I saw the cover of the testaments from outside of the window. I walked into the bookstore and bought one – I would rather have a paperback copy but there was only hard cover available.

 

In the following days I kept the book with me and read it when I had time. This is the much-anticipated sequel of the highly praised the handmaid’s tale after all. And it actually got the Booker’s award even before its publishing date!

 

Well, after reading it from cover to cover, I must say I’m disappointed.

 

(Spoilers ahead!) 继续阅读Disappointed by the Testaments

In Praise of Politics – 政治运作的礼赞

BBC网站的节目介绍在这里

本文是第二部分,其它部分:

THE REITH LECTURES 2019: LAW AND THE DECLINE OF POLITICS

TX: 28.05.2019   0900-1000

Reith Lecturer: Jonathan Sumption

Lecture 2: In Praise of Politics  政治运作的礼赞

第一部分在这里

BBC介绍:https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0005f05

音频:

Podcast 链接

 

ANITA ANAND: Welcome to the second of the 2019 BBC Reith Lectures with the former Supreme Court Judge, Jonathan Sumption. We’re in England’s second city at the University of Birmingham’s Bramall Music Hall, a beautiful modern addition to this famous old red brick campus.

欢迎来到2019年BBC睿思讲座的第二场,由前最高法院法官Jonathan Sumption主讲。今天我们来到英格兰第二大城市伯明翰,伯明翰大学古老的红砖校园新建了一个漂亮的现代建筑,就是我们今天所在的Bramall音乐厅。

Our speaker this year began his series by raising concerns about the law’s growing influence over public life. He suggested that this expansion may not be good for democratic life.  Now, he develops this idea further, turning his attention to some fundamental issues which underpin democracy, how the State acquires and builds legitimacy and, mindful of recent events, how democracy accommodates difference, difference of opinion and experience.  This, he believes, is the job of politicians, not of judges.  

今年的主讲人以对法律在公共生活中的影响力日益增长表示担忧开始了他的系列演讲,他指出这种扩张可能不利于民主。现在,他进一步发展了这个思想,将注意力转向民主的基础问题,国家应如何获取并建设正当性,以及,鉴于正在发生的时事,民主制应该如何容纳不同,意见分歧和经验差异。他相信,这些工作应该交由政治家而不是法官完成。

Will you please welcome the 2019 BBC Lecturer Jonathan Sumption. The lecture is called In Praise of Politics.

请欢迎2019年BBC睿思讲座主讲人Jonathan Sumption。本次讲座的主题为:政治运作的礼赞

(AUDIENCE APPLAUSE)

 

 

 

继续阅读In Praise of Politics – 政治运作的礼赞

使女的故事 2017年卷首语

18年的时候做的翻译,后来看到上海译文的版本包含有这部分,就放下了。最近才注意到原来出版的译文毕竟是有删节的,所以不揣浅陋,把自己的译文发出来。


IN THE SPRING of 1984 I began to write a novel that was not initially called The Handmaid’s Tale. I wrote in long hand, mostly on yellow legal notepads, then transcribed my almost illegible scrawlings using a huge German-keyboard manual typewriter that I’d rented.

我从1984年春天开始写这部小说,一开始并不叫使女的故事。先手写,多数写在黄色的记事本上,然后再用一个巨大的德语键盘打字机把难以辨认的手稿录入。 继续阅读使女的故事 2017年卷首语

Law’s Expanding Empire – 扩张中的法律帝国

这是2019年BBC Reith系列讲座,BBC网站上的详细信息在这里

本文是第一部分,其它部分:

THE REITH LECTURES 2019: LAW AND THE DECLINE OF POLITICS

TX: 21.05.2019 0900-1000

BBC页面:https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00057m8

音频:

Podcast链接

Reith Lecturer: Jonathan Sumption

 

Lecture 1: Law’s Expanding Empire

 

ANITA ANAND: Welcome to the 2019 BBC Reith Lectures and to the magnificent Middle Temple Hall in central London. This splendid Elizabethan edifice is the centrepiece of one of four Inns of Court which date back to the 14th century and it has been a home to lawyers for hundreds of years. We could think of no more fitting place for this year’s lecturer to begin his series about the relationship between the law and politics. Right now, with the world looking as it does, could there be a more timely intervention?

欢迎来到2019 BBC睿思讲座,来到位于伦敦市中心的中殿律师学院的宏伟讲堂。这座伊丽莎白风格的辉煌讲堂一直是中殿律师学院的核心。中殿律师学院的历史可以追溯到14世纪,在几百年来一直是律师的家园。本年度的讲座将探讨法律与政治的关系,在这里开始本年度睿思讲座再合适不过了。目前,时局变化如此,讨论这个话题太及时了。

Having spent a career at the Bar, this year’s lecturer has been called a man with a “brain the size of a planet.” Recently retired as one of Britain’s top judges, after sitting in the Supreme Court, he has returned to his primary passion; history. His appropriately forensic accounts of the One Hundred Years War have been widely praised.

本年度的讲师被认为有 “容纳世界大脑”,在度过最高法院的法律生涯,刚刚以英国最高法官身份退休之后,他返回自己的最初的热情:历史。他在“百年战争”一书中恰切的记述受到广泛赞誉。

Over a series of five lectures he will set out a critique of what he regards as law’s expanding empire intruding into every corner of our lives. He will explain why he thinks this is a corroding influence in our democracy and how, and why, we should revive our political system.

在接下来的五次讲座中,他将对他认为的法律的扩张,以及这种扩张对生活各个角落的入侵做出批评。他将阐述为什么这是对民主的腐蚀,为什么我们应该、以及如何恢复我们的政治制度。

Please welcome the BBC 2019 Reith Lecturer Jonathan Sumption.

有请2019年度BBC睿思主讲人Jonathan Sumption。

(AUDIENCE APPLAUSE)

(观众掌声)

继续阅读Law’s Expanding Empire – 扩张中的法律帝国

《伦理思想的突破》再读

应读书会约稿,交作业如下。

在书店看到这本书的时候,觉得有些恍惚,不确定是不是同名的其他书籍。看了作者和内容简介,才确认是重新出版了。

在新版中没有任何地方提到该书其实很早就在大陆出版过,仿佛完全没有发生过一样。但我手头就有当时的书,封面是这个样子的。

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Remote for Raspberry Pi + OSMC Media Center

It is not so difficult to turn your Raspberry into a media center. Installing OSMC is rather straight forward on Raspberry Pi. You just download the  image from OSMC website, write it to an SD card, boot your Raspberry from the SD card and that’s it. However, getting a remote working for your OSMC media center working proved to be rather challenging. This post is to record what I’ve learned from the internet in order to get a working remote.

What you need:

  • Raspberry Pi running OSMC;
  • IR Receiver (I’m using VS1838B, shown below);

  • Any IR remote with enough buttons;
  • A computer to access OSMC remotely;

Now, 3 steps to put all the things to together and have them work correctly.

继续阅读Remote for Raspberry Pi + OSMC Media Center