Harley J. Sims

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About Me

I am a Canadian writer, reviewer and translator, back at last in British Columbia after many years in Ontario and Nova Scotia. I have a PhD in English Language and Literature from the University of Toronto, in addition to a BA (Hons) and MA from Carleton University in Ottawa. I guess I'm primarily a medievalist, but I love lots of different stuff; I've lectured or written on everything from Beowulf through Shakespeare to comic books and modern film.

I'm also a husband, and a father of two. My lovely wife is a veteran political journalist and comms specialist (though when we first met in high school, she was just a really opinionated teenage girl).

With linguistics, my interests range from constructed languages (conlangs) to modern language evolution, on which I have published and spoken in public forums. During my post-secondary education, I studied - to varying degrees - more than a dozen languages from the modern, medieval, and ancient periods. My dissertation involved literature from many of these, including Old English, Old Norse-Icelandic, Middle Welsh, Old Irish, Sanskrit, Latin, and Ancient Greek.  

Some Favourite Quotes

"Ah, okay. So you do something every time and suddenly you've got a reputation?"
- Jemaine Clement, Flight of the Conchords

"You will find I am kind. Unlike the cruel Leonidas, who demanded that you stand, I require only that you kneel."
- Frank Miller (Xerxes), 300.

"The tragedy of life [...] is not that the beautiful things die young, but that they grow old and mean."
- Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye