Friday, December 30, 2011

the pertinent facts

"He explained to me in great detail what a castrato was. It sounded wonderful. You were specially chosen, then you remained a boy forever with a voice borrowed from God and became famous, fat and rich. You never turned into a woman, nor did you die in childbirth."
~ Patricia Duncker, The Doctor

[also, great hats - Ed.]


  1. Hehe. There's also Jeanette Winterson in Art and Lies. Which I managed to read early this year. Which ends with a big castrato-cardinal love affair.

  2. and (speaking of translations) the trio from Rosenkavalier.