Hi, my name is Maud — /maʊd/ as in doubt, not /mɔːd/ as in maudlin. I’ve got a BA in English linguistics, literature and film and an MA in linguistics with a specialization in Dutch/English translation studies. I work as a translator, editor, and university lecturer.

Language and writing have been two of my favorite things for as long as I can remember. Even so, blogging always seemed like a vaguely embarrassing and unnecessarily exhibitionist venture to me, hence the tagline 75% self-consciousness, 25% serious business.

I sincerely apologize to everyone who got strong-armed into following this blog by my father. He means well.

In my spare time I:
read, write, code-switch, exercise, go to the movie theater, watch TV shows of questionable quality, spend an inadvisable amount of money on books, and find it difficult to decide what kind of coffee to order.

19 thoughts on “About

  1. Maud-
    We miss your posts!! As you know, your father is not nearly as witty/clear/concise/cool as you – and without your blog, he is my only view into the “world of Bovelander”… Help!!!??


    1. Justin, this was such a lovely message that it made me write a new blog for the first time in a long time. I’ll try to bring back the regular updates!

  2. I wasn’t sure where to write this since it’s not a reply to any of your posts, more of a request. I was wondering it you would, if not too much trouble, watch two movies and let me know what you thought of them. I’m really curious of your opinions. Teenage Dirtbag 2009 and Lost and Delirious 2001.

    1. A request! This is quite exciting.

      I happen to have watched Lost and Delirious sometime last year. I was very impressed by the idea; not so much by the execution of it. The movie didn’t really draw me in enough for me to be as shocked about its progression as I should have been. The last scene was great, though. I don’t think I’ll forget about it anytime soon.
      I actually just read that it was based on a novel, and I think (though I haven’t read the novel) that it might work better in written form. What did you think of it?

      Teenage Dirtbag is going on my to-watch list, I’ll get back to you!

      1. It is based on the novel The Wives of Bath by Susan Swan, but very loosely. The book is quite different. Same characters, but very different dynamics. I thought the movie was beautiful and i absolutely loved it! I wasn’t entirely pleased with the casting of Mischa Barton, but I guess..she really does remind me of a mouse so heh. But Piper Perabo deliveres the best performance of her career so far if you ask me. I also loved the use of Shakespeare’s poetry, maybe because I’m such a huge fan of his work, but it added tragedy to the movie and worked quite well.
        Thanks. :) Enjoy the other movie!

  3. your blog is some kind of sui generis just so you know. your a good writer Maud, keep it up! and thanks for dropping by into my blog as well:)

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