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Hi, I'm Oscar, 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

Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo
Mary Douglas
Signs: an Introduction to Semiotics
Thomas A. Sebeok, Marcel Danesi
Language and Space
Lynn Nadel, Mary A. Peterson, Paul Bloom
Gentlemen of the Road - Michael Chabon

NR: Michael Chabon - Gentlemen of the Road. Chapter one starts out with an African jew and a European jew putting on a daring duel/con act for a group of unsuspecting strangers. Afterwards, though, they're confronted with the young prince of the Khazar empire, who has apparently lost his way. Setting: Middle East, 10th Century AD. Chabon seems to be able to twist genre tropes in just the right way, adding in some unexpected elements. This promises to be a nice bromance adventure novel. A bit like Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, but without fantasy trappings.