Saturday, January 29, 2005

Odysseus and Ulysses

Odysseus, in Book 10 of Stanley Lombardo's Odyssey:

"We're in a really tight spot."
Ulysses Everett McGill, trapped in the burning barn in O Brother, Where Art Thou?:
"We're in a tight spot."
Stanley Lombardo thinks it's a coincidence. If so, it's a wonderful one, with the translator's American idiom turning up in a movie that itself translates Homer's story into an American one.

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