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Julio Medem

Here is interesting commentary on Lucía y el sexo which American reviewers seemed to take as Europorn with an all too challenging plot. It is hardly and I have not paid enough attention to Julio Medem.

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Le ménu

I had not actually shopped, but came up with this:

Red beans and rice with tasso
Keta salmon sautéed in olive oil
Purple and red potato salad vinaigrette with Creole mustard
White potato salad in mayonnaise and yoghurt with celery and eggs
Smothered cabbage
Green beans
Corn bread
Lemonade from our trees

That is a lot to make but you can do it easily if you are relaxed. The red beans came out well, which they often do not for me. It is a question of using more water than I imagine I will need, and cooking them very slowly. The other secret is that they need fat and salt — more than you really want to know. Some of this comes from olive oil, and some from meat.

All of this was made in cast iron and served in earthenware that I had made over the years.

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Luca Zingaretti on writing

He has it figured out.

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Cuéntame como pasó

I am a late discoverer of Cuéntame como pasó and watching it, I realize I am Spanish. I, too, remember the things this program remembers, and feel interpellated by the “nosotros” in the theme song.

The show speaks to everyone, and is light as it must be, for television. The episode here embedded is heavy, though, and everyone should see it. I think it is suggesting that after all, despite Franco, things went better in Spain or resolved themselves sooner than they did back in the USSR. There is another, less conciliatory episode, however, where the new Spanish state is described by a dark character as a kingdom of forgetfulness.

Here is one academic piece on the series. Here is another. Send me more.

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Des cannibales

The Little Frenchman fails in his attempt to understand the Other. Indeed, he never ceases misunderstanding his role in the Tupi scheme of things or the consequences of his actions. For example, he tries to transform his status as a prisoner to be consumed into that of an equal and friend by making gunpowder for Cunhambebe. The Little Frenchman’s success, however, entirely backfires; his usefulness in war against the Tupiniquin doesn’t win him freedom, rather, it ensures his demise as a warrior powerful enough to be worth eating.

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Can we see this here? A question

There are many video and streaming activities I cannot yet make work in Linux. I must learn how and the instructions I am finding, are not working. Do you have Linux? Is there a Linux users’ group in your area?

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Tilsammans

Were people really like that? Did they really worry about revolution and the washing up? Did they really behave like that? Perhaps they did. They definitely did. I quite liked the film — which I found because watch Scandinavian film exclusively now.

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