La música antes que la vida

“It seems to me that if you place music (and books, probably, and films, and plays, and anything that makes you feel) at the center of your being, then you can’t afford to sort out your love life, start to think of it as the finished product. You’ve got to pick at it, keep it alive and in turmoil, you’ve got to pick at it and unravel it until it all comes apart and you’re compelled to start all over again. Maybe we all live life at too high a pitch, those of us who absorb emotional things all day, and as a consequence we can never feel merely content: we have to be unhappy, or ecstatically, head-over-heels happy, and those states are difficult to achieve within a stable, solid relationship. Maybe Al Green is directly responsible for more than I ever realized.”

> Hornby, Nick. “High Fidelity.”

Mexico, revirtiendo discursos desde 1900

I will illustrate the kind of work that was accomplished by this intelligentsia by referring to a book that was published in the English and French by Justo Sierra and a team of illustrious científicos in 1900, Mexico: Its Social Evolution. This work is of special interest not only because Sierra was such a prominent and influential figure in Mexican culture and education, but also because it was printed specially in foreign languages, and its lavishly produced illustrations seem to answer point by point the negative comments and images of Mexico offered by Tylor [“Anáhuac”, 1861] and other travelers.
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Tylor complained of the state of abandon of Mexican education and its subordination to a retrograde church; Justo Sierra provided discussions of the development of Mexican positive science. Tylor smiled ironically at the lack of attention that was given to Mexico’s history and patrimony; Sierra shows the National Museum of Anthropology and the ways in which Mexico’s once conflict-torn races have been neatly studied and organized in it. Finally, Tylor noted the arbitrariness of Mexico’s government and lack of justice and institutions of social reform. Sierra shows the rapid and impressive development of courts of law, of councils, hospitals, schools, museums and prisons. In short, while Tylor spoke of country that had been ravaged by revolution, Sierra’s book spoke of evolution.

— Claudio Lomnitz. Deep Mexico, Silent Mexico. An Anthropology of Nationalism. 2001.

Variaciones sobre un tema de Tino el Pingüino

Partiendo del disco “Les diría a dónde vine si supiera en dónde estoy” de Tino el Pingüino, cuya reseña fue publicada en este blog hace un par de meses, les ofrezco seis lemas empresariales siguiendo el mismo perfil de aquel emceé defeño, pero que se atreven a surcar terrenos que ningún pingüino hubiera imaginado:

  • “Les diría qué día vine / si me dijeran a qué horas voy”
  • “Les diría qué me define / si me dijeran por qué soy”
  • “Les diría que se arrimen / si me dijeran corazón”
  • “Les diría quién me exprime / si me ofrecieran protección”
  • “Les diría en tierra firme / si se hundiera la embarcación”
  • “Les diría puto-pinche / si me dijeran puto-mamón”

Snap, clap and pop.

De la pornografía a la luna

People used to ask rethorical questions like, “How is it that we can put a man on the moon, but I still can’t get a good martini in downtown Seattle?”. Neil Armstrong made everything less complicated than a lunar landing seem plausible. Meanwhile Internet porn makes everything more reasonable- once you’ve realized there is a massive subculture of upwardly mobile people who think it’s erotic to see an Asian woman giving a hand job to a javelina, nothing else in the world seems crazy.

— Este también viene de “Porn” de Chuck Klosterman, de la colección de ensayos Sex, drugs and cocoa puffs. Mañana, en una conferencia, trataré de probar exactamente lo mismo pero con fiestas y graffiti.

La moda de la escritura

La moda de la escritura
…o de por qué deberíamos de preocuparnos por los blogs.

por Issa Villarreal
Publicado originalmente en La Rocka no. 63 (octubre 2007).

10 años de existencia son los que celebra el blog, según algunos de sus seguidores, en el mundo del Internet. Luego de una larga evolución –en un principio, era un simple registro de ligas y páginas de interés– se ha colocado a la par de los chats, SMS y correos electrónicos como uno de los medios que hacen de la escritura el transporte de moda para recorrer distancias.

Ciertamente el blog (weblog, o bitácora, en español) es un híbrido: es un poco más literario, un poco más periodístico y también un poco más cultural que sus precedentes. Si la ficción la asociamos con los libros y los reportajes con los periódicos, al blog le pertenecería el espacio de la opinión y la investigación inmediata. Copia y comentario a eventos que pasaron hace 2 minutos.

Eso y tres ideas claves: tener un blog es fácil, es rápido y es gratis (o casi gratis).

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