Skip to comments.BEYOND THE MARGIN OF LAWYER (Transcript of Mark Steyn on Hugh Hewitt's radio show)
Posted on 10/28/2010 10:25:32 PM PDT by JLS
HH: Its Thursday. Were so happy to have back not quite in America, Columnist to the World, Mark Steyn. Mark Steyn, welcome back, its great to talk to you.
MS: (laughing) Youre breaking out the West Side Story. You must be in a party mood.
HH: Well, theres so much important to talk about, but I have to begin, Ive been thinking about you since last Saturday night, because I took the Fetching Mrs. Hewitt to see West Side Story in New York when I was back there. And imagine my surprise when I sat down and I heard this (I Feel Pretty in Spanish). Now Mark Steyn, you wrote the book on Broadway. What do you think of switching the lyrics of West Side Story into Spanish?
MS: Yeah, Im not so sure of that. I mean for a start, I think its very difficult to actually switch
one of the things that is so good about West Side Story, actually, Steven Sondheim, who wrote the lyrics, and Im not a big fan of his, but what he did do there was he rhymed Hispanically, you know, with that Id like to go back to San Juan, I know a boat you can get on. Now really, if you were writing that in a sort of English lyric feel, youd rhyme San Juan with ban one, or something like that. But he rhymed on the San Juan and get on, and thats what makes it sound Spanish. If you go and actually translate it into Spanish, it no longer sounds Spanish, if you see what I mean.
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Great analysis and humour. Thanks for posting.
I love Mark Steyn. Huge Hewitt, not so much.
He’s just a genius at distilling down what is going on in the world. That he can do this on the fly in a live interview is just amazing.
“Hes just a genius at distilling down what is going on in the world. That he can do this on the fly in a live interview is just amazing.
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Minds like his and Rush Limbaugh’s are priceless treasures. Enjoy them while you can. I have a feeling the darkness is falling. Don’t let that keep you from going out and voting Tuesday, though. It’s all the more reason to.