Tuesday, January 29, 2008

אפֿשר שאַדן טײ און תּהילים יאָ Maybe Tea and Sympathy CAN Hurt

אױ, ס'טוט מיר װײ. פֿון טאַנצן און גליטשן בין איך אַרױס אַ גאַנצע, אָבער נעכטן אין אָװנט בין איך געזעסן אױף אַ סאָפֿע, טרינקנדיק אַ גלאָז טײ און לײענענדיק חנהס שאָף און רינדער פֿון שירה גאָרשמאַנען, האָב איך זיך פֿאַלש געדרײט דעם פֿוס, און עס טוט נאָך װײ. דאָס הײסט, זיך אָפּצוהיטן פֿונעם שאָדן, טאַנצט'ץ און גליטשט'ץ אױף װיפֿל עץ װילט, אָבער מײַדט'ץ שטאַרק אױס סאָפֿעס, טײ, און ייִדישע ליטעראַטור.

To avoid injury, dance and skate as much as you want, just stay away from sofas, tea, and Yiddish literature.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

As Stefan Zweig knew only too well, sympathy can indeed hurt (http://www.nybooks.com/shop/product?product_id=5422).

Tea, however, and Yiddish literature, are surely innocent.

I'd keep my eye on the sofa. They are a treacherous lot.

8:05 PM  
Blogger the chocolate lady מרת שאקאלאד said...

hi nomi,
Yes, I am sure it is the sofa.

I could not reach the link you provided. Can you try posting it again, or explaining how sympathy did him in?

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why can't one embed a link in comments? I am going to write blogger to complain.

Stefan Zweig wrote a novel called "Beware of Pity." In it, feeling too much sympathy actually does in the protagonist. If you google "Beware of Pity" (in the quotation marks) you get a nice description of it from the New York Review of Books classic reprints series.

4:58 PM  
Blogger the chocolate lady מרת שאקאלאד said...


the capsule description is here
a review of this book by Joan Acocella is here

very interesting indeed. many thanks, nomi.

you can put links in comments; you just have to use the html.

5:32 PM  

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