It is about Haiti, Jamaica and New Orleans and I have to read it for research reasons. I am against Zora Neale Hurston because she and hers boiled a black cat in New Orleans, and I am against New Orleans vodun. Nonetheless I now have to read this book for research reasons. Axé.
I am severely traumatized about teaching and that is why I do not have time or energy for writing. But sometimes, someone says I am not a bad teacher. This morning on e-mail: I keep finding things that are so relevant to what we discuss in class! Things I never stopped to think about before are … More In which I am not a bad teacher, after all
Cubans are the best pianists. What I most like in Havana is how, as you walk through quiet residential neighborhoods, you hear people practicing the piano and they are good, in bungalows behind low fences and banana trees. Listening to this, though, I heard a cake walk and realized I had not thought of it … More Bebo Valdés
Yesterday was my day off. I worked on service related issues, and attended a social meeting for Spanish majors where I got a lot of advising done. At night I went out and saw two new rock bands who were very good. At the meeting with the students and at this barzinho later I had … More Aquí se trabaja mucho
When you donate online to Veterans for Peace you can check a box if the gift is in memory of someone, and leave a note. I checked the box, filled in the space with the name, and wrote: _______, 1920-2013, 1st Lieutenant U.S.A., 101st Airborne 1942-1946, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, in lieu of flowers asked … More Veterans for Peace
On Facebook, one of my Friends had been invited to an event far from him and declined with regret, as a result of which I saw what the event was and Liked it. I really did like it, too, and I wish I could go for research reasons. Immediately the author of the event Friended … More Using Facebook for Research
I just gave a seminar for 200 people and I am a brilliant presenter. I should be one of those people who teach large lecture courses. I bring others in for spots con mucho swing. I have marvelous pictures behind me and can zoom in when required but mostly people are looking at me because … More As a child, I knew I should go on stage; now, I know I could hold a courtroom.
Now we are on a trip to Berkeley in 1906. (My grandmother graduated from what was then the University of California in 1912.) “The camera looks north near Berkeley Way along Oxford … the streetcar can turn right up Hearst Avenue. Note the small orchard seen as the streetcar turns into Euclid Avenue … the … More Berkeley, 1906
A los obreros de México I He aquí mi poema brutal y multánime a la nueva ciudad. Oh ciudad toda tensa de cables y de esfuerzos, sonora toda de motores y de alas. Explosión simultánea de las nuevas teorías, un poco más allá en el plano espacial de Wirman y de Turner y un poco … More VRBE
This is Basilio Martín Patino’s film Caudillo, and we do not understand why FalangeTV are the ones who have put it up. You can also see his Queridímos verdugos, where he interviews executioners and prisoners from the Franco era, and two hours’ worth of Civil War footage chosen and arranged by him. Pío Baroja witnessed … More Caudillo