Scalzi Chaucerâ€™d (Listen!) : Michael Livingston
Michael Livingston, in addition to being one of my favorite people, also happens to be a scholar of Middle English. I have just finished listening, twice, to his Chaucerâ€™d excerpt of John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War.
In a fit of rage against working on my syllabi for the coming term, I took a snippet from John Scalziâ€™s novel Old Manâ€™s War (chapter 9 for those playing at home) and, well, Chaucerâ€™d it. That is, I took Scalziâ€™s text and translated it into Chaucerâ€™s dialect. Details follow the audio.
That’s right–audio in Middle English. Tee-hee, quod she. I mean, look at this.
â€œI can take a shot,â€ Watson said, sighting over his boulder. â€œLet me drill one of those things.â€
â€œI kan tak a shote,â€ quod Watson, lookynge right over his rokke. â€œGraunte me striken oon.â€