I went through a phase in which I agreed (although slightly less volubly) with R Hughes re R Rauschenberg, but then I found WS Burroughs playing with similar ideas with more aggression and originality (although with less skill) and I changed sides. Further, Rauschenberg couldn’t write, while Burroughs’ Tangier stuff is better even than that other great novel of hot seaside cut and thrust, The hairdressers of St Tropez.
(While we’re here, I’d like to draw to your attention Espectro de Brocken, written by one Jerónimo Ledesma in Buenos Aires (and recommended by one of Salamanca’s more enlightened residents, Carlos Ferrero Martín), which seems to be dedicated to nineteenth century addiction and perversion.)
- What to do with falling boulders
On Thursday February 29 1912, the 300-tonne Restless Rock of Tandil, Buenos Aires plunged from its extraordinary state of hillside equilibrium
- Face-fart fines
Mediaeval local legal codes, fueros, all contain passages like the following, taken from the Fuero de Bejár (1290s):
- Hebben/zijn, haber/ser
I am forgotten the newspaper, and it has forgotten me.
- Voice amplifiers
Choosing between expensive and quiet aerobics-style headset+waistband amp and cheap and noisy headset+waistband megaphone.
- Another Mexicanism
Abogánster = abogado (lawyer) + gangster. Here‘s some good stuff by Carlos Monsiváis about legal culture in a country where justice