Joshua Prager: Wisdom from great writers on every year of life
Joshua Prager: Mudrost velikih pisaca o svakoj godini života
Joshua Prager’s journalism unravels historical secrets -- and his own. Full bio
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is going to be a very good year,
biti jako dobra godina,
particular in store for me,
četrdeset i četiri godine ..."
and sentiment to be a man,
i težnji da bude muškarac,
wasn't writing about me.
the subject of his book,
subjekt njegove knjige,
along the same great sequence:
duž istaknutog slijeda,
and confinements of childhood;
and frustrations of adolescence;
and millstones of adulthood;
and resignations of old age.
"It will happen to me as to them."
"Dogodit će se meni kao i njima."
where they become narratives
gdje postaju pripovijetke
if it passes into anything."
prenosi -- to su stranice."
a thought leapt to mind:
misao prošla kroz moju glavu:
there were, somewhere,
u stranice, onda negdje, moraju postojati
assemble them into a narrative.
mogao bih sklopiti cijelinu.
wrote William Trevor.
piše William Trevor.
and later an injury to me
a kasnije i ozljeda koja me zadesila
could not be assumed.
pretpostaviti kada ćemo ostariti.
only postponed the inevitable,
what circumstance did not.
što okolnosti ne mogu.
year by vulnerable year
what was fleeting,
a glimpse into the future,
pogled u budućnost,
I was quickly obsessed,
svoju listu -- ubrzo sam opsesivno
for ages and ages.
godinu za godinom.
through our first hundred years.
duž svojih prvih sto godina.
of sudden revelations,"
razdoblje suptilnog propadanja."
that such insights were relative.
relativnosti takvih shvaćanja.
and so age more slowly.
i starimo sporije.
the phrase "the yellow leaf"
izraz "žuti list"
used it to describe himself at 36.
tim istim izrazom opisao sebe sa 36.
can swing wildly and unpredictably
da je život neobuzdan i nepredvidljiv,
the same age differently.
as the reflection in the mirror,
jasno kao odraz u zrcalu,
and less sure of who one is;"
nesigurnija svojeg pravog identiteta;"
of preparation into active life;"
pripreme za aktivni život;"
the doors to rooms
vrata prema sobama
visualizations you see here,
and an apotheosis," wrote Nabokov --
piše Nabokov --
kao umjetnost i boja,
what we've experienced.
onoga što smo iskusili.
the list with my grandfather,
sa svojim djedom,
we are sure we will not die,
sigurni smo da nećemo umrijeti,
named Edwin Shneidman was right
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ABOUT THE SPEAKERJoshua Prager - Journalist
Joshua Prager’s journalism unravels historical secrets -- and his own.
Why you should listen
Joshua Prager writes for publications including Vanity Fair, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, where he was a senior writer for eight years. George Will has described his work as "exemplary journalistic sleuthing."
His new book, 100 Years, is a list of literary quotations on every age from birth to one hundred. Designed by Milton Glaser, the legendary graphic designer who created the I ♥ NY logo, the book moves year by year through the words of our most beloved authors, revealing the great sequence of life.
His first book, The Echoing Green, was a Washington Post Best Book of the Year. The New York Times Book Review called it “a revelation and a page turner, a group character study unequaled in baseball writing since Roger Kahn’s Boys of Summer some three decades ago.”
His second book, Half-Life, describes his recovery from a bus crash that broke his neck. Dr. Jerome Groopman, staff writer at the New Yorker magazine, called it “an extraordinary memoir, told with nuance and brimming with wisdom.
Joshua was a Nieman fellow at Harvard in 2011 and a Fulbright Distinguished Chair at Hebrew University in 2012. He was born in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, grew up in New Jersey, and lives in New York. He is writing a book about Roe v. Wade.
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