November 16th, 2007

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The Wire and the evolution of the demotic

Season 3 of the Wire just arrived. Bliss. I've only watched the first episode so far. I think a big element of The Wire is that the different groups speak different languages, although they all ostensibly speak English. The more educated people, like Cedric, can slip between different languages, while other people are trapped by only having access to one way of speaking. Some people, like the plump black woman who seems to be in the office this season, can translate between the different types of language. 'British' English is sometimes portrayed humorously as an almost-incomprehensible foreign language.
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Re-reading

ninebelow has posted a link to the Guardian's list of the twenty most re-read books and in instant_fanzine a poll about which books you have read more than once.
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I've read LotR, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, 1984, Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Wuthering Heights, and Hitchhiker more than once. I've reread 'Half Blood Prince' from the HP series, to get me ready for the Deathly Hallows, and it stood up quite well I thought.

I can re-read a few authors any number of times: Jane Austen, Dashiell Hammett, Douglas Adams, HP Lovecraft. They just never seem to get old - four quite different writers, but they just don't irritate me at all. I read them when I'm bored with everything else.