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Hi, I'm Odile, a historical linguist from the Netherlands who also likes to write about music, games, and history. Check out my longer blog posts and other writings on Sub Specie.

Currently reading

Signs: an Introduction to Semiotics
Thomas A. Sebeok, Marcel Danesi
Language and Space
Lynn Nadel, Mary A. Peterson, Paul Bloom


Dikter - Tomas Tranströmer This overview of Tranströmer's oeuvre really impressed me once I got into it, which took a while because my Swedish is still a bit too rusty. I probably would appreciate the fine points of these poems even more if I had more training in the language, but as it is, I already found it a satisfying experience.

These modernist poems span a period between 1954 and 1989 and apply a loose free verse style to themes of nature, culture and travel and the interplay of those with psychology. The imagery, combining these disparate elements, was often refreshing, yet never contrived.

A poet I'll gladly return to when my Swedish improves. For non-Scandinavian readers, there is always this English collection, which alse features Finnish poet Paavo Haavikko.