Building Blocks

April 12, 2008

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A Little Learning Is An Expensive Thing

April 12, 2008

The origin and dispersal of language(s) is one of the most fascinating of those cultural beginnings that fascinate me.  It was no surprise, therefore, for me to thoroughly enjoy “The Land East of The Asterisk“, Wendy Doniger’s long review of M.L. West’s “Indoeuropean Poetry and Myth” which she calls “surely the definitive book on Indo-European language and religion.”

I was so intrigued that I actually went to Amazon to see how much I could get the book for.  $116!!  We have a great library system in Vancouver, but it is hard to expect them to keep every possible niche interest book.  So, absent access to a university library somehow, most of us are priced out of this knowledge.  We have to make do with mere glances, through reviews and citations.  Annoying at times.