… when you’re a translator.
At the moment I’m working on a political thriller, which has seen me researching the White House china collection, various mountains in the Swiss Alps, various bits of Roman Catholic liturgy and Bach’s St Matthew Passion to name but a few topics from just one day. What Google’s search history must make of me is always a source of mild amusement. I’m also learning all kinds of things about aeroplanes, conspiracy theories and the geography of the Palo Duro Canyon in Texas, and so on.
Meanwhile, the other project I have on the go will (temporarily at least) turn me into an expert on Alfons Mucha. Did you know, for example, that he was an early adopter of photographic technology in painting? To prove it, here’s a photo he took of his friend Paul Gauguin playing the harmonium, with no trousers on. As you do.
Have a good week everyone!