by Tyler Cowen
on June 28, 2013 at 12:09 pm
1. “group that appreciates the Japanese language.”
2. Short, on-line microeconomics class, in Spanish, at MRUniversity.com, by Andres Marroquin.
3. Video of Malcolm Gladwell on his new book.
4. Strauss on reading.
5. New “cover” versions of Shakespeare.
6. The suicide doctor.
Can’t wait til we get all of those barbaric German and Latin words out of English!
And all those English, French, Spanish, German, Latin foreign words out of proper Merican. 😉
1. Oddly, he seems pretty comfortable with the imported practice of stupid lawsuits.
3. Very good questions. With respect to the common theme running through all his books, it’s that each book’s core idea is easily distilled into a superficially powerful business management “speaking engagement”. Nothing wrong with that, of course. Tyler is making a go at it too, though with conspicuously Straussian purposes – he does it to persuade, not for the speaking fees. It’s simply easier to get lecture gigs for a new book on what makes food great then a new book on what makes free trade, deregulation and privatization great. Today’s Milton Friedman would have written “Capitalism and French Fries”.
1. And how many of the native Japanese words he prefers come from Chinese?
Over the past fifty years, the number of (mostly English) “loan words” in Japanese has risen from a few hundred to over ten thousand. And that’s just counting the words found in dictionaries. Scientific fields like computer science and sports like golf are dominated by terminology taken straight from English, modified only to fit the phonetic constraints of katakana.
Anxiety of influence. You wouldn’t know that if you went on Wikipedia where East Asian writers guard the “Japanese words of English origin” article so that it’s close to level with the “English words of Japanese origin” article to give the impression that Japanese has been as influential on English as English has been on Japanese which is bogus.
“Video of Malcolm Gladwell on his new book.”
Oh dear …
On #5, AJ Hartley has already done basically that with Macbeth: A Novel. http://www.amazon.com/Macbeth-Novel-J-Hartley/dp/1612183018 The audio version, read by Alan Cumming, is also excellent.
Hey, Nihon people, no one twisted your arm to make you say “appetizer” and “hotel” and “iced coffee” instead of perfectly good Japanese equivalents…
@6: I don’t think there should be a program against suicide. If people make that decision about their own life, it ought to be respected by others. Why would it be somebody else’s business? I actually have respect for people who have the courage to take their life into their own hands: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2010/09/15/world-suicide-prevention-day-on-10-september/
Yes, but the article notes that the vast majority of people who survive suicide attempts are glad they survived. Buyer’s remorse.
But NONE of the people who succeeded, regretted it.
That whole article in the NY Times on suicide, and all the comments that I was able to read — and no one mentions religion or a loss of faith. Are they not missing something?
And if one wishes to read a paper from Andres Marroquin in English, the link is below –
MRU seems to have no problem finding people to provide free course offerings – probably has something to do with not exactly coincidental interconnections.
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