Category Archives: foreign language study

when knowledge (and learning) can prove to be useful; the pleasures of pedantry

    “We all know that as the human body can be nourished on any food, though it were boiled grass and the broth of shoes, so the human mind can be fed by any knowledge.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson, … Continue reading

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Mozart, Alexander L. Lipson, and Russian 1 with Professor Gribble

    On Thursday, November 16, 2017, I heard a performance at Carnegie Hall of Mozart’s String Quartet No. 16 in E-flat major, K. 428 by the Tetzlaff Quartet. Mozart’s K. 428 is one of his Haydn Quartets, a set … Continue reading

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first draft of my Russian essay on Tolstoy (and how it came to be written)

    biographical sketch of Leo Tolstoy     Posted here is a handwritten student paper by me, written in Russian, about Leo Tolstoy. It was written by me for a Russian course at New York University. The way this … Continue reading

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my paper on “Platero y yo”; Luciana de Ames’s Spanish class

    paper on ‘Platero y yo’ (in Spanish)     The short paper on the prose poem Platero y yo (Platero and I) by the Spanish poet Juan Ramón Jiménez — it amounts to an appréciation — that I … Continue reading

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