Jacques the Fatalist, by Denis Diderot / Polly's Casks Double Barrel-Aged Single Malt Highland Scotch Whisky - Part 1

Now they’re reading Don Quixote again, but actually, it’s Tristram Shandy, or maybe, for real, it’s Jacques the Fatalist, by Denis Diderot.

In this episode:

  • Michael stuns Ethan into silence.

  • Ethan translates Michael.

  • Ethan baby steps forward in technology.

  • The curtain is pulled back.

  • Ethan doesn’t throw shade, or at least he claims not to.

  • Some translation theory creeps in. But neither one knows enough French.

  • Ethan’s theory get’s super meta.

  • Michael & Ethan might not agree!

  • Michael ignores Ethan making fun of him, and is a total nerd.

  • They make fun of the editor of Michael’s copy.

  • Robots in the 18th century!?

  • Luther is mentioned, but not dwelt on.

Their next book will be Of Human Bondage, by W. Somerset Maugam.  Join the discussion!  Go to the Contact page and put "Scotch Talk" in the Subject line.  We'd love to hear from you!  And submit your homework at the Michael & Ethan in a Room with Scotch page.

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