And while I'm talking about Smithsonian lectures, I'll make this my final reminder for Dr. Steven Rutledge's Fiddling with Nero this Tuesday (the 19th) at 6:30PM.
Anyway, I'm such a Classics freak that, apparently, people at my store will tell customers that one of their employees (that'd be me!) is a Classics major when people buy things like The Giving Tree in Latin or Harrius Potter! Hah! Yes, we finally sold Harrius Potter (apparently, sometime last night).
And then, of course, a customer today asked where Homer was, and I ended up telling her which translations are the best. I pick Lattimore, Fagles, and Fitzgerald and award NEGATIVE points to Samuel Butler (and to the Signet edition, because it's a prose translation). I loathe Butler. I've not actually read his translations, but I read the introduction to his book, Authoress of the Odyssey. There are not enough WORDS to describe what a pretentious PRAT he was. I wrote a short paper on this last semester, and I still despise him. He almost turned me into a "militant" feminist. Ugh.