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Paul Moeller

B.A. (Hons.)

Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Political Science, from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Fluent in English, Spanish, and German. Studied French for 6 years. Reads books in all those languages. Reading comprehension, if limited, of some other languages. Teaches privately, mostly at corporate level. Does translations. Deciphers pre-modern German handwriting.

Recent Posts

Dos Pseudo-salmos

Al leer la segunda parte de Historia de los heterodoxos españoles de Menendez y Pelayo, encontré una crítica de una traducción del Salmo 109 de la Vulgata.  El historiador también encontrará motivos para criticar lo siguiente, si estuviera con vida, pero mi propósito es otro – una traducción lo más fiel posible a la obra […]

Coronavirus – Versified.

Here we present two of my versified comments on the coronavirus.  While I could think of no good conspiracy theory about this plague (and I best leave that to others!), with poetic licence I can do the following, in the footsteps of those who believe that no good crisis should go to waste.  The first […]

Versified Definition of a Dithyramb

What is a dithyramb?  According to expert sources, it is a rare form in English, and the computer I am using today did not help me in finding an example.  Our verse below is based on a dictionary definition, but may in fact – and most probably, be far from an example of a dithyramb […]

Voodoo Lounge and the 2020 Iowa Caucus Results

In 1994 or ’95, I worked together with a manager of one of the former Big-Eight auditing firms (now reduced to the Big Four) in order to submit timely data to the American or Canadian people managing the Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge Tour.  I would document this with the scan of a patch and a […]

Trade Secret Beats All

While doing research on Goethe’s poem, “The Erkönig“, to see to what extant one might find “Gewalt“, i.e. force or violence mentioned, I came across a copright-free German humor publication by the name of Fliegende Blätter, which might be translated as something like Flying Leaves, where the leaves referred to would be the sheets of […]

See I A Spy Betraying its own Government?

A House divided against itself cannot stand. Los hermanos sean unidos Porque esa es la ley primera; … porque si entre ellos pelean los devoran los de afuera. – José Hernández, in El Gaucho Martín Fierro. (Have brothers stick together, because that’s the first they gotta do, … because if they’re at each other’s throats, […]

The Bounds and Boundlessness of Polyglotism

Scope of our Article Well, modestly, we could have settled for bilingualism, but that is neither polyglotism nor multilingualism. Nevertheless, anyone who might settle for one or two second languages might find something of use here. That said, and in all fairness, we are unsure as to what exactly polyglotism should mean, because it is […]

Mad Cyborg Future?

Movies such as Terminator and Robocop suggest a dystopian future where robots take on human tasks – in those examples – that of the police or the military; and create havoc with our fleshed species.  Other robots, often without that humanoid look, but merely functional, are already working in factories – indeed, in 2015, one […]

Catullus Caring Less about Caesar and his Color

I do not seem to have much success with my politically or historically-flavored articles (with a couple of exceptions), but this should hardly diminish my latent, if not active, interest in such matters.  Here, for the second time in the space of a week, I am inspired by the Roman poet of Caesar’s time, Catullus.  […]

Minor German Soldier Artists During World War II

On this page, of the hundreds of military items seen by the present author, which has included letters and postcards from Germans, Italians, Americans, and the British and the French (none belonging to him, and the actual whereabouts of these items probably being in Asia as the reader accesses this page), I have come across […]