Monthly Archives: August 2009

Rising Tide

It is the weekend and I am singing that I hoped to be at Rising Tide and to see you there! I promise I will go next year!

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Reading for Pleasure Wednesday: Åsa Larsson

In Spain, Swedish crime fiction is all the rage. I read Åsa Larsson‘s first novel Sun Storm and it was fascinating, as are most things Nordic. Now I want to see the film and to read recent books as yet untranslated. I would like to find out about Åsa Larsson’s possible preacher father.

You, too, can read Åsa Larsson but I think you should do so while drinking tinto de verano, the Spanish drink. To make this you mix red wine and Casera, which we do not have here. I have found that Sparkling Lime Water works fairly well.

Once you have your glass you can read Åsa Larsson in the language you wish, while listening to the original Swedish read aloud.

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Des Chemins

The summer is not actually gone, but for bureaucratic purposes it is, and I am thinking of the next one. My plan is never to spend June and July here again — in New Orleans perhaps, but not in Maringouin, it is too hot and desolate and we have no Andalusian fountains. All speculations about how it would be more practical to stay home are false.

The cost of getting to Mexico is about 1/3 the cost of getting to Europe and the cost of rent there is about 1/3 the cost of European (or Californian) rent, and 1/2 the cost of New Orleans rent. Therefore if I do not want to go to the frozen Southern Hemisphere, I should go to Mexico — the city I always miss. It is less cute and more stressful than Europe and I have no friends there, but it is the best bet. There are all kinds of ceramics courses available, as well as a bookstore that is as good as a library.

I think Mexico, although less exotic than Germany or the Faroes, is more cosmopolitan than Madrid or Lima. I am not sure about Buenos Aires, but Buenos Aires does not count because I find it unpleasant — it is snobbish and it has no Indians.

And I am an Indian, of course, although I became a stela long before the term “Indian” was created, and am now a mere detail. I think I should go to Mexico and work and then mail most of my things home. Then I should set out for Guatemala, most specifically the Cancuen.

To get to the Cancuen by land from Mexico City I believe one would have to go first to San Cristóbal de las Casas. From there one could go to Palenque, then Bonampak, and then cross into Guatemala. It appears there is little public  transportation in this area.

Have you been there? In the travel forums other people ask whether one can really take a bus from Palenque/Bonampak to Tikal/Cancuen, but I have not yet found an answer.

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Monday Mantras…

…for the beginning of the semester.

1. Take complete control.
2. Do nothing optional that is not one hundred percent fun.
3. There is no opting out of exercise, sleep, or research/writing.
4. Eat really pure food even if it is too expensive.
5. Go out of town even when it is not really affordable.
6. Non grubbing, non drudge-like, non resigned, adult life now!

I have made lists of mantras and lemmas before. One, from when I was seeing my abusive and hypoglycemic X, said:

1. Take care of self.
2. Meet own needs.
3. Recognize discomfort.
4. Happiness now!

Earlier, I made one with the help of this same X. It said:

1. Fuck everyone and whatever they think.
2. Ban self doubt.
3. Change internal dialogue.
4. When considering any statement, consider the source.
5. Question the nature of orders: why believe? why internalize?

The lists are strangely similar but the current one is the most hedonistic. I have been heavily criticized for having and carrying out such a set of lemmas before. I am no longer listening, however.

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A. C. Sandino

Thinking of what we could sing this weekend, I reviewed many beautiful Mexican videos I could use to celebrate my escape from Spain. I concluded that the best thing I could sing was from A. C. Sandino: I am in receipt of your message from yesterday and I understand it. I will not surrender and I await you here. I want a free country or death. I am not afraid of you; I count on the patriotic ardor of my companions. For the homeland and for liberty. A. C. Sandino.

But to be frivolous and to sing of love, and because there is nobody like a Mexican, we will listen to Irma Vila and her mariachi. For I am dark and I am pure Veracruz, and you are beautiful and bewitching, like the candor of a rose.

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Radio Almenara

It is the weekend, and we are singing by listening to Radio Almenara 106.7 FM in northern Madrid, which streams on the Internet and sends television as well.

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The Bible, Part III

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