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Sobre la ansiedad

This artistic description, explanation and set of antidotes is really good.


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Viaje hacia la noche

This is an interesting video on a surrealist poet, that I still have to watch.

Viaje Hacia la Noche from Realidad Visual on Vimeo.



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Floating water world

This is very interesting.



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A film for me to see

“En un emblemático barrio popular de Barcelona, amenazado por un plan de reforma, se emprende la construcción de un bloque de viviendas. Queríamos conocer la intimidad de una construcción, así que nos metimos ahí, cuando ese espacio era todavía un solar donde los chavales jugaban a fútbol. Sobre este terreno buscamos la forma de convivir, conocer y rodar -así, por este orden- que nos permitiera abordar tanto el anecdotario de la propia obra como el que ésta generaba a su alrededor; en esa cotidianidad quebrada por el estruendo de los derribos, entre sus vecinos, en el barrio (de hecho la imagen del barrio se concretó en la del puñado de rostros que a nuestros ojos lo representaban). En este proceso, pronto advertimos que la mutación del paisaje urbano implicaba también una mutación en el paisaje humano, y que en este movimiento se podrían reconocer ciertos ecos del mundo. Sobre estos cimientos construimos una película.”

–José Luís Guerín


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California Rancho Cooking

Clay’s Kitchen on Sarsa

Clay got this recipe from California Rancho Cooking by Jacqueline Higuera McMahan. He says it makes about 5 cups.

The word sarsa belongs to the old vernacular favored by Californios when referring to their favorite things. Salsa and sarsa are sort of the same thing but sarsa is meant to be chunkier and calls for milder green chiles. Add a jalapeño or two if you want a more picante sarsa. Finally, everything is anointed with wine vinegar and olive oil.

Sarsa is typically eaten on top of frijole or wrapped in a tortilla, but barbecued meats were never served without it.

4 large tomatoes
4 green anaheim chiles
1 sweet red onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 to 2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon wine vinegar
2 teaspoons fruity olive oil
¼ cup finely snipped cilantro
1 sprig of oregano

Char the tomatoes over a gas flame or on a grill. Char the chiles until blackened in the same way. Place the chiles under a damp cloth or paper towels to steam for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, pull off the tomato skins, cut the tomatoes in half, and remove the seeds. Dice the tomatoes. Use a paper towel to rub off the blackened skins from the chiles. Slit the chiles open and pull out the seeds, reserving some of them. Dice the chiles and add to the tomatoes. Add the onion, garlic, salt, vinegar, olive oil, and cilantro. Add enough reserved chile seeds to lend authority to the sarsa. Immerse the oregano sprig in the sarsa and set in a cool place until the barbecue is ready.

Fresh sarsa keeps for a day, but if you happen to have some left over, simmer in a saucepan for 5 minutes and serve over eggs: Huevos Rancheros. To make sarsa spicier, add 2 to 4 teaspoons chile powder.

I am also told corn tortillas were for Indians and flour ones for Spaniards, but not everybody is sure this is true. My town was Chumash. It has the oldest skeleton in North America, dating from the end of the last Ice Age.



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Mary Niall Mitchell, Akala, and more

Δ This blog has few readers but me. It is a reason why I should merge it with my research blog, and work more on my research blog. Or spend more time organizing research notes in other platforms.

Δ In any case, Mary Niall Mitchell at the University of New Orleans has this important project and may know things about New Orleans history that will support my project. I must be inspired.

Δ There is an inspiring British rapper named Akala whom I should use as an inspiration deity. This is his website. He is very intelligent and versatile. He has books, but I am interested in his graphic novel first.

Δ I need to read Ann Twinam’s Purchasing Whiteness and want to buy it, but should look for it in a library first.

Δ Allegory is not about mechanical meanings but about inner life and complex imagery. We are freed to contemplate these things since there is no doubt about theme.

Δ Many works of literature have multifractal structures.

Δ Border Cantosis — an exhibit I will see when I get to San José, which I will do, believe it or not.

Δ A smart, very balanced piece on the Clinton e-mail “scandal.”

Δ A comfortingly pessimistic view of the election and American militarism. Or unsettlingly pessimistic? What should one do (take on the arms industry and the military-prison industrial complex, has typically been my answer)?

Δ I thought steppes were cold Siberian plains with prison camps on them, and I was joking when I said the American prairies and pampas were steppes, but it seems they are. Some steppes are even subtropical. The Silk Road is on steppes, and I have been on one or two.


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A year in the taiga

A Herzog-related film (I love Herzog) I was not aware of is Happy People. Happy people are the hunters of the taiga when they are hunting. I also learned in this film of the Ket people, who I instantly knew had to be ancestors of the Native Americans. And it does appear that their language is related to some Native American languages.

I like them very much. I like the Uyghurs as well, also a very old people. I am concerned for their survival, and for that of the Kets. What is it about central Asia, where I have never been, that seems so much like home? What is it about first peoples, what makes them so much warmer?

What in addition to colonialism destroyed us — or was that, with all of its elements, enough?


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