Hello and welcome to Bibliomanic… the inimitable, the one and only, the quiet stopover, the old URL, etc… 

What do I do here? Sometimes I discuss translation, including my own experience of it. Usual fare is some blend of commonplace excerpts, invective, micro-reviews of books I’ve recently read, monthly reading logs, links to my writing & translations elsewhere and so on. More seldom I draw up lists (‘blotto books’ for instance, or  canonical works of literary criticism), nitpick on how to translate commas, or discuss the frustrations of trying to break into literary translation. Some photos, god knows what else. Not quite rants, but subtle dudgeon.

Here are some authors and books I really like to read:

Paul Metcalf, Edward Dahlberg, Pierre Senges, Joseph McElroy, Thomas Nashe, Djuna Barnes, Susan HoweMichael Kohlhaas, Madame de Lafayette, Nancy Mitford,  ‘The Lord Chandos Letter,’ Harold Brodkey, Hugh Kenner, Nathanael West, S.J. Perelman, George W.S. Trow, Donald Barthelme, David Markson’s last four books, A Tomb for Boris Davidovich, Virginia Woolf, Impossible Object, Harry Mathews, Michel Butor‘s Degrees and Mobile, Nathalie Sarraute’s The Use of Speech, Marguerite Duras, Guy Davenport, George Saintsbury’s History of English Prose Rhythm, Galway Kinnell’s The Book of Nightmares. Etc.

I’ve translated writings of Hélène Frédérick, Stéphane Mallarmé, Pierre Senges, Julie Mazierri, and others.

I grew up in Greene County, Ohio, not far from Dayton. I have lived in France, Virginia, and Quebec. I live in Ottawa, Ontario with my family now. I translated a book, and it is published. More are coming. Here you can learn about some of the services I offer (translation and commercial copywriting). On twitter I am @jsief. I welcome general correspondence.

A Note on Copyright

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Greene County Ohio

A field in Greene County, Ohio

Fact: The OED gives no entry for bibliomanic, though it does for bibliomane, bibliomania, bibliomaniac, bibliomanian, bibliomaniacal, and bibliomanismGo figure.