第70回 “constitution”についてとハワイの所感

一行翻訳コンテスト2013.05.16

■オススメの一冊

『The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty』
(Dan Ariely)

Micro

では今月の一冊目。Dan Arielyの「The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty」から。学問というのはどんどん進化していて、経済学にしても公共経済学だの行動経済学だの、どんどん変わっています。著者は行動経済学者で、この本は一般向けに書かれていますが、誰もがつくちょっとした嘘といった類のものについて書かれています。今月の課題に使おうと思って買ってきたんですが……去年の暮れに翻訳が出てました(爆)。でも内容自体は面白いので、一部紹介してみます。訳書でも原文でも読んでみてください。

Let me come right out and say it. They cheat. You cheat. And yes, I also cheat from time to time.

As a college professor, I try to mix things up a bit in order to keep my students interested in the material. To this end, I occasionally invite interesting guest speakers to class, which is also a nice way to reduce the time I spend on preparation. Basically, it’s a win-win-win situation for the guest speaker, the class, and, of course, me.

For one of these “get out of teaching free” lectures, I invited a special guest to my behavioral economics class. This clever, well-established man has a fine pedigree: before becoming a legendary business consultant to prominent banks and CEO’s, he had earned his juris doctor and, before that, a bachelor’s at Princeton. “Over the past few years,” I told the class, “our distinguished guest has been helping business elites achieve their dreams!”

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■オススメの一冊-2

『Rivers of London』
(Ben Aaronovitch)

A Street Cat Named Bob

二冊目は、Ben Aaronovitchの「Rivers of London」。こちらはファンタジー本です。僕はずいぶん前に仕事で3度ほどロンドンに行きましたが、その場所を知っているとずいぶんイメージって変わりますよね。これはロンドンを舞台にしたファンタジー小説ミステリー風です。冒頭がいい。

It started at one thirty on a cold Tuesday morning in January when Martin Turner, street performer and, in his own words, apprentice gigolo, tripped over a body in front of the East Portico of St. Paul’s at Covent Garden. Martin, who was none too sober himself, at first thought the body was that of one of the many celebrants who had chosen the Piazza as a convenient outdoor toilet and dormitory. Being a seasoned Londoner, Martin gave the body the ‘London Once-over’ — a quick glance to determine whether this was a drunk, a crazy or a human being in distress. The fact that it was entirely possible for someone to be all three simultaneously is why good Samaritanism in London is considered an extreme sport — like base-jumping or crocodile-wrestling. Martin, noting the good-quality coat and shoes, had just pegged the body as a drunk when he noticed that it was in fact missing its head.

主人公はピーター・グラント(といってもLed Zeppelinのマネージャーではありませぬ)という新人巡査。彼が配属されたのは特殊犯罪課という職場ですが実はここは……。あとは読んでのお楽しみ。これを買った時はこの本から出題しようと思ったら……これも4月に翻訳が出てしまいました(号泣)。

なので本は2冊ご紹介しますが、課題文はハワイで買ってきたホノルル・マガジンから出します(笑)。

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