Thursday, September 24, 2009

A culture thing

So a student comes to the desk, asks if we have Homer's Iliad. She has no preference as to translation, says she just needs to read the Iliad for her western cultures class and doesn't want to have to read it online. I look up the call number for the Fagles, write it down for her and explain to her which floor of the library she'll find it on.

And what is her response?

"Jesus Christ."


  1. Anonymous11:19 PM

    Maybe she was thinking he would go and get it for her?

    Or maybe she and JC arrived at the library together, and she was beckoning to him?

    Or maybe she was thinking you'd go get it for her?

    Or maybe, where she comes from, that's a way of saying, "Hey! Awesome! Thanks, library lady!"

    Or not.

  2. Anonymous11:20 PM

    Sorry! I'm not anonymous.

    Melissa of Mental multivitamin

  3. I've heard Fagles called a lot of things, but never that.

    Then again, like JC, Fagles's translations did change my life.

  4. I would say, "No, it's by Homer."

  5. Well, now that's an enthusiastic response! Is it just here or do all students under the age of say 30 have a tattoo(s) somewhere on their bodies??

  6. I'm not sure which is funnier, the student's response are all the comments speculating as to it's meaning! :)


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